ALIFA OJONUGWA NICHOLAS
Eating good food sometimes require reasonable spending even though money spent on good food is money well spent. However, where money is limited, it can take a lot of skills and careful shopping to get the best value with minimum cost.
There are several ways to cut cost on food shopping. Below are some suggested ways to go about it:
- Buy from Markets Instead of Supermarkets
If you are an average income earner, it is cheaper to buy foods from the market than from the supermarkets. But, food bought from the market must be thoroughly washed, cooked and well prepared in a hygienic environment to get rid of possible contaminants. For higher income earners, shopping from the supermarkets may not be a challenge.
As a general rule, do not start spending any money you have not planned for. Plan a week’s meal ahead and make a shopping list, you will then be able to work out exactly how much you need to buy, this will help you to buy what you really need and debunk the ones you don’t need.
- Buy Food in Bulk
If you can afford them at a time, bulk foods or larger packs usually work out cheaper than small ones. This is particularly a big advantage for people who own a freezer.
- Sample Different Stores
If you have the time and energy, you can sample different food stores to get the best buys. However, you must try not to shop too often to avoid being tempted to buy things you don’t really need.
- Supermarket own brands and basic packs with plain labels, are cheaper than famous brand names, and are often just as good.
- Fruits and vegetables are cheaper in the markets and greengrocers, than in supermarkets. Look out for the ones in season which are cheaper, because, they are plentiful. If you have a freezer, you could freeze vegetables when they are in season.
- Usually, homemade bread, scones and cakes can be cheaper than those purchased and usually tastes much better. Also, when you have the oven on, it is more economical to bake several things at once.
- Look out for cheaper meat and fish; try eating meat just four times a week instead of seven. A healthy choice could be smaller portion of leaner meat and more potatoes and vegetables to go with. Try vegetarian alternatives to meat (which are usually cheaper) and try fish dishes sometimes.
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