How to grocery shop smarter

Vanessa
Community Manager
Community Manager

Inflation is out of control and now my normal grocery run is at least $100 more than usual. How are you saving on your groceries or making your food last??

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ShelleyW6
Member
Sticking to store brands for staple items. I live not far from a rural area with farms so I go visit them for eggs, honey. I visit the crafts market on Saturday's where local farmers will set up veggie/fruit stands...not only are they fresh but free of pesticides and a lil lower in price than brick n mortar.

Vanessa
Community Manager
Community Manager

@ShelleyW6 I went to the farmers market this part weekend and the fruits and veggies were amainggg - thanks for the tip!

GirlsInSpace
Member
Sadly, I’m buying less organic. Mostly sticking to the Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 but definitely not shopping as organic as I used to. Buying more store brand and stocking up on staples when they go on sale. Trying to not feel so bad/guilty about not being 100% perfect at shopping either. These are stressful times, money is tight, so I’m trying to not beat myself up about trying to survive in this economy.

@GirlsInSpace yeah I've been buying more store brand items because they're cheaper. It does hurt but my wallet is a lot happier. I think we all have to do what we need to so I'm with you!

WhollyWellAub
Member

I do a lot of shopping at Costco !! Prices are gone up there too but it’s soooo much more economical than the grocery store! Lots of healthy options too! I also buy frozen- fruits and veggies picked at their most ripe (full of nutrients) and flash frozen! Quick, easy, healthy, and accessible!!

@WhollyWellAub Love Costco!! A good reminder to search for some good things 😄

GoodbyeVal
Member

@Vanessa utilizing my freezer! I try to buy low cost frozen meats and vegetables or will freeze food that I buy. Makes my money last a lot longer

@GoodbyeVal Love this tip - thank you!

Newari23
New Member

I've started to shop at Costco and Aldi as well. My regular groceries from Whole Foods, Weis offered smaller packaging and wouldn't last as long. E.g. cheeses, yogurt sticks for my kids lunches etc..

 

I make larger size meals so I'm not constantly cooking. 

 

I try not to buy many "meal kits." I usually cook from scratch like salmon, etc. Exceptions are macaroni and cheese, soups, occasional salad kits. I feel prepared frozen food aisle can get pricey especially when you have kids. 

BubblyMom
Member

I'm militant about meal planning every week. It makes me take inventory of what's in the house, helps me think about how to utilize groceries more efficiently, ensures a healthy variety of meals, and reduces food waste! After a couple years of doing it, I've got it down to a science and is now only about 20-30 min out of my week to plan/make a list.