KITK 23 Tips To Grocery Shop On A Budget

KITK 23 Tips To Grocery Shop On A Budget
It’s no secret that eating healthy is expensive AF, but there are a few habits you can change to get more bang for your buck!
  1. Pick & choose your battles; you simply can’t have it all; list the foods that are a priority for you to buy organic & make concessions with others that are a bit safer to eat the regular version
  2. Buy staples in bulk; Costco is your BFF, especially if you’re starting a health journey & you need to stock up on lots of staples like oils, nuts, seeds, spices, flours, bars, dried fruit, etc.
  3. Use the FLIPP app to price match in larger chain grocery stores (especially useful for produce!)
  4. Go to the store with a list & don’t go hungry so you’re less likely to buy things just because you’re hungry!
  5. Don’t overwhelm yourself & try to buy it all in one trip; make a list of a few new foods you want to try every week or month & try to wait for them to go on sale if it’s not something you eat daily!
  6. Check Amazon, Winners & organic sections of larger chain grocery stores before going to health food stores; they often have a lot of the same products but for cheaper or on promo!
  7. Buy your produce in season; cheaper & fresher!
  8. Save money by freezing fruit/veggies that are overripe for smoothies instead of buying frozen fruit
  9. Meal prep a few staples on the weekend so that you’re not going to the grocery store every night after work to buy ingredients; it really adds up, especially if you go there hungry & without a list!
  10. Keep your pantry & fridge organized so nothing gets lost & forgotten about & then wasted!
  11. Repurpose leftovers; if you made sweet potato or pumpkin at the beginning of the week & you’re not down to eat it roasted, instead of buying canned pumpkin, purée what’s already ready in your fridge
  12. Replace meat/fish with plant-based protein a few nights a week; it’s a lot healthier & also a lot cheaper (quinoa, beans, legumes, tofu, buckwheat etc.)
  13. Get to the store with a budget in mind & stick to it!
  14. Stock up on staples when they go on sale; you never know when the sale will happen again & if you use them daily, it’s worth it (ex: nuts, seeds, protein powder, oils)
  15. Eating healthy is a luxury & sometimes it means cutting back on other luxuries (ex: eating out, drinking, shopping for clothes etc.)
  16. Get to know food prices; take note of the “going rate” of foods you buy often so you can figure out which stores price them best & if the “sale” is actually a good deal
  17. Skip the aisles with the processed & packaged foods; they’re often more $ because you’re buying the “brand” & they provide little to no nutrition, so it’s a lose-lose
  18. Look high & low; stores often place the most expensive foods on the shelves at eye level & where you can reach, but less expensive ones are generally on higher or lower shelves
  19. Check expiry dates; sometimes food is on sale because it’s about to expire & you won’t even have time to eat it before it does so it ends up going to waste
  20. If your store has an organic line as part of its store brand, compare the price with other brands with fancier marketing or packaging
  21. Compare unit price for similar items; the unit price = how much something costs per x amount of grams (it’s usually located in small print under the main price & helps you know whether a larger or smaller size of a food item is a better value)
  22. Don’t be afraid to experiment & try new foods; if a staple of yours is really expensive because it’s out of season, for example, try another food that’s more affordable & similar in taste, texture or nutritional profile
  23. Make your own homemade version of healthy snacks, ex: kale or sweet potato chips, cookies, brownies, protein bars, crackers; it ends up costing a lot less & you know exactly what goes into them!

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