health and wellness: shopping on a budget
Are you shopping on a budget? Follow these simple tips to help stretch your food dollar.
- Buy items in bulk and cook in large amounts. Cook enough food for 2 to 3 meals and freeze extra food.
- Keep frozen food labeled. When you do cook in large amounts and freeze food, label your food before putting it in the freezer. Write on the label what the food is and the date you prepared it.
- Create a menu at the beginning of the week that incorporated some of the same ingredients. For example, have grilled chicken breast one night and use leftover chicken for tacos another night.
- Shop the season. In the summertime, pick berries; in the fall, pick apples, etc. Knowing what produce items are in season will help you save a few bucks.
- When fresh fruits and vegetables are not in season, buy frozen fruits and vegetables. In the wintertime if you’re wanting blueberries, choose frozen blueberries.
- Once a week, have a meatless meal. For example, one day a week, replace meat in your meal with beans.
- One day a week, have a leftover day. Eat whatever leftovers you have from the previous meals in your refrigerator.
- Take leftovers for your lunch the next day. If you have leftover baked chicken, take it in your lunch the next day.
- Choose Brookshire’s Brand, Food Club and Valu Time products. These brands can be just as nutritious as the national brand and are often less expensive.
- Pick products that will last a while. What to stock in your pantry? Pick whole wheat pasta, dried beans and dried rice.
- Keep inventory of products in your pantry and refrigerator. When making your grocery list, make sure you’re either out of the product or almost out of the product before buying more.
- Properly store fresh fruits and vegetables to prevent any waste.
- Instead of purchasing fresh seafood and chicken, buy frozen. Frozen fish can be cheaper than fresh and can last longer in your freezer.