If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you’ve probably noticed that your food budget is climbing and climbing. And no, you’re not imagining it. But there are some creative ways to get smart about grocery shopping, meal prepping, and cooking in order to save money and eat well. So, I browsed through comments from the BuzzFeed Community and from the subreddit r/budgetcooking. Here are some useful tips.
“Keep in mind that your first grocery shop will probably be on the pricy side. If you’re just getting started cooking for yourself more regularly, you may need to stock up on more things upfront. Expect to spend on your basic condiments, pantry items, and seasonings — but know that they will last you quite awhile.”
“I like to organize my grocery list so I don’t forget things or waste too much time at the market. I organize based on where certain ingredients are located, such as produce, eggs/dairy, meat, canned goods, dry goods, frozen, and so on.”
“Stock up on some frozen veggies — or freeze leftover fresh veggies once they’re on the verge of going bad. Frozen vegetables are often just as nutritious as fresh ones…in fact, they’re sometimes even more nutritious. If you keep some bags of your favorite vegetables in your freezer, you’ll always have them on hand and don’t have to worry about them going bad.”
“If you’re shopping on a budget, many grocery stores have apps now that allow you to add coupons for ingredients you need. When you scan the app’s barcode…