4. Buy, freeze, repeat
Fruits and vegetables are, of course, the staples of a healthy diet and tasty recipes, but they can quickly go bad if we don’t use what we buy right away. Tossing wilted vegetables and brown fruit is a real waste of good food – and money. So try freezing the leftover produce you won’t use again soon.
Onions, parsley, tomatoes and garlic are all freezable foodstuffs, so buy them at their freshest, use what you want to immediately, then try these quick tips for freezing fruits and vegetables to keep you well-stocked and saving money year-round.
5. Buy in bulk
Perhaps you really enjoy a particular pasta dish you recently learned to create. Why not buy up a large amount of that linguini now, knowing you’ll definitely use it in the future?
Buying certain food items in bulk may feel overwhelming, but doing this can really help you save over the long term (as long as the food can keep for a long while), through a reduction in cost-per-unit.
To figure out the cost-per-unit calculation, you’ll look at the cost of the item, then divide it by the quantity. So, for example, if a 15-ounce jar of organic tomato sauce costs $2.50, the cost-per-ounce is $0.16. If a 67-ounce jar costs $8.50, that’s only $0.12 per ounce. So, while you would be laying out more overall for the larger jar, you’d also be paying far less in cost-per-ounce. In that case, it’s probably worth it to spend more now in order to save more over the long haul.
Stores including Costco and Sam’s Club, both of which require membership, also specialize in bulk grocery sales.
6. Check the calendar
You may not think it matters which day you go food shopping, but it can make a difference to your wallet. Data has shown that the best day to fill your grocery cart is Wednesdays . That’s because Wednesday is the day many new savings deals will launch, and grocery stores will often still honor last week’s sales on that day as well.
Wednesdays are also a good day to snag fresh stock, as most stores get deliveries on Mondays or Tuesdays. So if you’re thinking of going food shopping on a Tuesday, try to wait just one more day.