Save money by planning ahead and making a list before you go to the market. Review supermarket circulars to see what's featured and on sale. If you have the storage space in your pantry or freezer, stock up on good deals, assuming you can eat them in a reasonable time before they go bad.
Below are some typical “good buys” to look for. In any category, look for BOGOs (Buy One Get One free). Also, save even more by using coupons from food manufacturers or the grocer itself.
|Meat, Fish, & Poultry|
Look for boneless, skinless breasts for $1.99/lb or less. Look for chicken parts on sale or whole, roasted chickens that you roast yourself. Occasionally, you’ll see 40% off meat or chicken products by a specific, branded company. Look for lean cuts of beef and pork on sale. Check the frozen section for frozen fish fillets in “family size” packages.
Read the store circular to see which fruits and vegetables are featured for the week. At any one time, often 30% of produce items are featured. Look for produce in season. Click here to find out what's in season now.
Look for specials on canned tuna in water, beans, and tomato products. Ideally, look for canned products that have no added salt or reduced amounts of salt. (Rinsing canned foods can also help reduce the sodium.)
Often there will be BOGOs for whole grain breads, English muffins, mini bagels, and other bread products. Buy extra and freeze.
Frozen vegetables are often on sale, both store brand and national brands.
Look for lowfat or nonfat dairy products on sale.
Pre-made hummus if occasionally featured. Look for sales on low sodium bulk cheese and meats.
Look for whole grain pastas, brown rice, quinoa, and other whole grains on sale.
This week there was a newspaper article discussing the drought and the cost of corn for hogs. The author suggested that a year from now pork will be less available and, consequently, pork prices will be higher. The next few months should be a good itme to stock up on fill your freezer with lean pork products.