10 Easy Tips on Money Saving When Buying Food

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This article gives the reader tips on how to save money when purchasing food. It is mostly based on my own experience.

Submitted: July 24, 2015

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1. Buy in Bulk 
Buy large quantities of particular food items if there are any special offers, but only if you consume that type of food frequently enough. For example, if you regularly use lots of canned tomatoes or drink several cups of tea a day and these items are being advertised for a special price then it makes sense to buy more than one or two cans of tomatoes and a family sized box of tea. If you are a meat or fish eater and your supermarket has a limited offer such as 'Buy 3 types of meat/fish for the price of 2 get them, put them in your freezer and defrost the night before you need to cook them.

2. Cook in Bulk 
I freeze most of my cooked meals from Bolognese sauce to stews to my favourite home-made Chicken Tikka Masala! I cook a few portions of each of these dishes during weekends and freeze them once they have cooled down to room temperature so that during the week I just have to defrost whichever dish I would like to eat the next day by placing it in the fridge the night before and heating it up at dinnertime. This is also a time-saving tip especially if you work long hours or are in college and do not have the time to be slaving over stoves on a Monday night. I also found that this simple method of defrosting pre-cooked meals reduces the temptation of ordering takeaways or settling for unhealthy quick-fix processed foods just because I do not have the time or do not feel like cooking.

 

3. Go Natural 
Buying fruit and vegetables in their natural form is one of the cheapest foods you can buy. Also avoid buying them pre-cut as these tend to cost more. You can easily mix fruit with plain yogurt and cooked vegetables based on either a rice, pasta or noodles recipe for a cheap simple and yet healthy dinner.

 

4. Make your own Sauces and Mixes 
Readily prepared mixtures are more expensive than making your own and likely to include more preservatives and salt. Examples of this would be pasta sauces, lasagne mixes and chicken stock.

 

5. Go for an Early Bird 
Apart from being a healthy decision to have early dinner it could also save you money. For example, most restaurants in my area would advertise any early bird offers as being available roughly between 5pm and 7:30pm. If you want to fully digest your dinner you would not want to be eating later than that.

 

6. Bring your own Drink 
Some restaurants advertise Bring Your Own nights in that you can take with you your favourite bottle of wine bought from your local liqueur store or supermarket for a fraction of the price tag it would carry if you were to order it in a restaurant.

7. Make your own Lunch 
This is a particularly handy tip for workers and students. It is so much cheaper eating home-made lunch rather than ordering sandwiches from a Deli in the long run. Wrap your lunch in tin foil, cling film or store in a small plastic container for it to keep fresh and ideally place in the fridge if there is one available.

 

8. Buy the Supermarket's own Brands 
The supermarket's own brand is usually much cheaper than popular expensive brands but is still of similar quality most of the time.

 

9. Shop Around 
This works best if you are shopping online or if the supermarkets you use on a regular basis are in close proximity to each other. Apart from selling certain food items at different prices from each other some stores might have their own special offer on different days.

 

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