Beans and legumes, they are awesome for fillers and rich in protein. I cannot eat them anymore but when I could, I used them to fill up soups. I also love barley. I love barley soup on a cold winter's day and when you add in veggies, it's really healthy too. Fortunately I can eat barley again, was happy on that. As mentioned, these are usually quite cheap and full of good protein. You'll find that once you get used to cooking with them that you won't miss the meat.
Hunger isn't an issue for me when shopping, being thirsty is my issue. If I'm thirsty I cannot think of anything else and don't shop smart. As a result I take advantage of the free water at the local Co-op. I drink down until I'm satisfied then shop.
That sounds frustrating with the fresh market selling poor produce. Good that you found another that had good produce and still good prices.
My tip----never shop when you are hungry! I just came back from the grocery store with a few items and some that I didn't need...candy bar! I haven't made my list of foods to buy yet, but I had a dish in mind, so I bought what I needed.
I agree about FB and Twitter. I am on FB, but hardly on it so it wouldn't be worth it to me. I do try to find coupons on-line, which is what I plan to do this week.
I do like the Farmers Market when I get a chance to go and I have also put in a small garden this year with candy onions, green and yellow peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes. I also have a golden raspberry bush that should start producing in about 2 weeks.
There is a fresh produce market down the street from me that the owners just put in recently. They have a couple of other stores in town. I was really disappointed when I went in the other day, because I felt that they gave my area the "left overs". The selection was bad, bruised, brown, dried up...just yucky! I went to their next closest store while I was in the area and bought plent of veggies and fruit for a decent price.
I am starting to work on a Mediterranean Diet for myself. It is mostly veggies, fruit, nuts, grains and little meat. They usually suggest chicken or fish a couple times a month, but hardly red meat. So that saves me some money for meat. If I do look for me, I have found chicken on sale when it is close to the expiration date. I can take it home and use it that date or freeze it. Saves money that way too! I also joined the team on SP to help me with starting this "diet" to get ideas.
I do have to laugh at the "use your arms" tip too! I've done that and it hard to carry some products, like bread without squashing it when carrying much more. I don't think it would work for me and no I don't see a savings there either...you would just have to go back again for whatever you couldn't carry.
I'll chime in with frustration. I felt the article was focused on urban living, 2 people in the family and middle-class. I realize that there needs to be articles for this sector. There are many of us though who don't fit that picture and it would be nice to have an article focused on living single.
That aside one tip struck me immediately - use Facebook and Twitter. There is an assumption that everyone has phones, everyone has computers and everyone is online. Huge incorrect assumption. I personally will NEVER use Twitter. I have an aversion to a system set up to keep track of folks 24/7. For me I feel this is a tip that would only be useful for a small segment of folks and doesn't save money at the end of the day - take a look at the bigger picture. Twitter is fast, you must be online frequently to get the information. That means you probably own a cell phone or have frequent access to a computer - both which costs money. Don't know about the USA, up here in Canada cell phone plans are very expensive and texting costs a ton. You may save 5cents on bread but you paid 10cents to use that cell phone to read Twitter telling you that bread was 5cents less down the road.
Scour Discount Bins - what discount bins? I personally eat bananas in the winter fresh. I need the potassium. I have some frozen for smoothies, let's look at that though. Smoothies consist typically of fruit, yogurt and sometimes milk (depending on the recipe). Factor in those costs and while you may have saved 10cents on those rotten bananas, you just paid several dollars to purchase items to make smoothies - items that you cannot buy in bulk and freeze.
That's the piece people often don't think about - the other costs. I hear folks in my town say they saved $5 to shop in the city (100kms east). One day my bff looked at the actual bill - including gas, meal out, and time. It made her realize that going into the city twice a week to hit the deals was actually costing her more money than buying local.
For us what works is making one trip per month, make it a big trip and make it worth the money - then the savings are more than the costs out.
Or what about someone who drives all over the city to hit the deals - look at the gas bill at the end of the day, was there actually a savings? My other bff has a great system with this area - she maps it all out so that she doesn't do any backtracks and she usually does come out ahead. Just do your homework before heading out so that you don't burn up all your savings on gas.
Have food delivered, shop online. Well heck, just never leave the house and stay forever indoors. Sounds like a plan, that'll save money. Ok I'm being sarcastic, I get the concept and disagree. Shopping for me is social time. I get out, see folks, chat, see what is and isn't on sale, smell the air etc. Besides that we do not have online shopping! I don't know many areas that do. There is no where in the city "next door" that you can grocery shop online. I imagine this is a very specialized urban centred practice.
Cost per serving - BRILLANT. I shop that way and have since I first moved out on my own. The overall cost means little, it's the cost per serving that is the kicker. Back in my day I had to carry a calculator to figure it out, love that it is now put below the overall cost.
Use your arms and don't buy more than you can carry - fail to see how that is a savings. I recently bought 26 cans of cat food at a savings of half from normal price, along with my groceries. If I had gone by this rule, I wouldn't have bought the cat food and ended up paying more down the road. Plus buying bulk when you can is smart, cooking at home is generally cheaper. I imagine for this person shopping is a daily experience.
I will stop here, probably said too much as usual. Ah well. It's good to have an article like this to rethink the way one spends...which I'm going to do this week and tighten things back up again.
Article from Spark Savings regarding tips to slash your grocery bill.
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