11/1 Health & Wellness Tip – Grocery Savings

Who doesn’t want to save money on your food, right? Here are 7 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store. In case you don’t want to read all the detail, here are the author’s highlights.

  1. Keep it simple – Five ingredient or less meals are ideal
  2. Shop fruits and vegetables seasonally (My note: a great way to do this is to shop farmers markets and/or buy into a CSA)
  3. Don’t shy away from frozen fruits and vegetables – Just make sure there is nothing else added
  4. Buy in bulk – Buying in bulk from your grocery store or online can save you money
  5. Plan at least three meals each week – Helps cut down on trips to the store; Also, make enough leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day
  6. Shop around (My note: Weigh the money you might save against the time you will spend to save that money)
  7. Know the staples that work for you – There are likely items you purchase every week (see list below)

I have a personal note on the author’s comment about Whole Foods. Just like anything else, you have to know what you are looking for. Some items are actually more economical, or just as economical, at Whole Foods vs other stores while other items are definitely more expensive at Whole Foods. Make sure you are comparing “apples to apples” when price-comparing.

What are your tips for saving money on your groceries?

Staple items

Greens (spinach, kale, mixed salad greens, collards)Greens (spinach, kale, lettuce/salad greens, arugula)
CarrotsCarrots (white, purple, red, orange)
BananasFruit (bananas, apples, berries)
Canned wild-caught tunaOnions (sweet, red, green)
Red onionsCelery
Frozen mixed vegetablesTomatoes
Sweet potatoesSweet potatoes

by Michele Spear

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