Shopping is an inevitable part of our life. Particularly, it concerns food shopping. Whether we like shopping or not the one way to stock your fridge is to go shopping. Some people do not pay extra attention to this daily routine; other people try to find the ways how to get more for less money. Here are my tips how to shop food on a tight budget.
- Write down all the dishes you can cook on your own. At first it may seem troublesome. Fried eggs, sandwiches, porridge are all fit. In case your skills are too much poor, the internet will come in hand with its student’s recipes including affordable ingredients.
- Make a list of all the products you regularly buy (bread, butter, yogurt, vegetables, juice, fruit, snacks, etc). Here you should be aware that all kinds of snacks and cookies are the sources of harmful sugar and are useless. So, in case you have a sweet tooth highlight one or two days on your calendar on which you can treat yourself.
- Then make a shopping list of products you will need for the whole week. And now you are armed at all points to go to the supermarket.
- As you enter the supermarket, you need to keep in mind that the supermarket’s aim is to throw you off your guard by surrounding you with plenty of products and things at arm’s length and make you push the boat out. So, pay attention to the bottom line of products on the shelves. Choose reduction time. Never shop on an empty stomach and stick to your shopping lists.
- Try to eat at home. Eating out as a rule costs 2-3 times double.
Where to buy products? The answer to this question is vital too. Farmers markets and supermarkets are the main suppliers of groceries. When I was a student, I used to go to the supermarket that was the nearest to my student accommodation London. However, the closest convenience shop does not always offer the cheapest prices. So, to do some kind of marketing research and compare the prices in all supermarkets located in your area is not a bad idea. It will take time, but afterwards you’ll have invaluable information about which items and where are cheaper. Based on that choose your favorite supermarket chain and sign up for a loyalty program. And of course, do not forget about on-line shopping. All the activities required to find a cheaper price can be done at home.
As you can see these pieces of advice are difficult. However they require a bit of discipline. By following them you will not only save money, but become an expert in the art of shopping.