One everyday aspect of normal life that’s really been put under the microscope recently is grocery shopping. With the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic came a lot of panicked stockpiling and associated fears of food shortages. While things have stabilized quite a bit compared to what was going on earlier this year, it caused many shoppers to evaluate their grocery buying habits. How can you buy the healthiest food for your family while saving money at the same time?
There are many ways to shop smarter the next time you visit your local supermarket:
Cut out the processed food.
Processed food might be cheaper and easier to prepare, as it usually comes in packaged form and might just take a zap in the microwave or a bit of hot water to make. But it’s definitely not healthier. Do your best to limit the amount of processed food you buy, and look toward whole food options instead — focus on purchasing whole grains, lean proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods are not only healthier, they’ll help you to feel more satisfied longer, reducing cravings and the desire to eat more unhealthy snacks.
Shop seasonal produce.
Try to purchase produce that’s in-season, rather than out-of-season fruits and veggies. If something is out-of-season, it’s harder for the grocery store’s supplier to the source; therefore, it’s more expensive when it hits the shelf. Plus, in-season produce is fresher. So, you’re getting fresher produce at a better price — what do you have to lose?
Everything does not have to be organic.
Bear in mind that food does not have to be organic to be healthy. Organic foods are grown without pesticides, GMOs, fertilizers, and other products, which is undoubtedly healthier. But other foods — things like whole grains, beans, or peanut butter — are just as healthy as something labeled “organic,” and they’re less expensive. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that everything you purchase needs to be organic to be healthy; your wallet will thank you.
Buy in bulk when you can.
Another one of the golden rules when it comes to saving money, whether it’s groceries or just about anything else, is to buy in bulk. Canned goods, dried foods, and other food that won’t spoil over time is great for bulk-buying — you’ll be able to stretch that supply out for a long time, making for significant cost-savings in the long term.
Change Your Grocery Shopping for the Better
The next time you visit the grocery store, shop smart. Have a plan before entering the store, and you’ll find that you come out with a lot more healthy options and a little more cash in your pocket at the same time.