Indians spend close to 20% of their income on groceries. Wholesome food essentials and value for money often stay at opposite ends. However, if you can follow little steps which would ultimately save extra trips to the market is money saved. Avoid impulse buying. You don’t necessarily have to get anything, just because you saw a great TV advertisement or it is on discount. Let’s have a look on more tips.
#1. Make a list
If you are the kind that buys groceries on impulse, it is time to think about it. Vegetables and meat need to stay fresh for healthy cooking. There would be no point in buying a lot of groceries if you cannot store them in the right way. Instead, make a list for a week or more and stick to it. Take into account your family members, your daily requirements and the kind of food you prepare.
#2. Store your groceries right
You got your greens and fruits. Don’t get lazy. Store it as soon as possible. The simple task of cleaning and storing your produce as soon as you buy it will save you big on your groceries. Your vegetables and meat stay fresh for a period of time this way. This would mean fewer trips to groceries. Ziploc bags or even a good quality plastic bag will keep your vegetables, as well as meat fresh in a refrigerator. Dry root vegetables like onions and potato can be stored in an open container or a basket. Store your pulses in a container.
#3. Make your own
If you have the luxury of time, make your own batter, curd or even masala pastes. It is not hard as you might think. Dedicate some time out in a week or two to make your own pre-made food requirements. Packaged sprouts, cut vegetables and fruits costs at least twice as much as to what you can do at home. This way you are ensuring a fresh and healthier meal for your family too. in fact, you can even make mayonnaise, barbecue sauces and marinades at home all of which cost a bomb if you buy them from supermarkets.
#4. Buy from wholesale shops or supermarkets
Wholesale markets and chain stores often display discounted items. Buying for a week or a month is also an excellent way to save money. Such stores often keep discounted groceries and promotional offers. Storing such items according to your needs also helps.
#5. Say N0 to unhealthy snacks
Often shopping for groceries ends up with spending on your cravings. Aerated drinks and junk eatables are the common culprits. Simply say NO to soft drinks, cookies or snacks that would only harm your health. This also would effectively save a few bucks in the long run.
#6. Say YES to generic brands
Avoid buying name brands, instead try generic brands. Name brands often cost you more. A little search will help you find a good quality, yet cheaper provisions. Supermarket often display homemade or local alternative at a competitive price. You can ask for such alternatives in your local market too. If it doesn’t work you can always revert to your favorite brand.
#7. Grow your own vegetable garden
If you have the luxury of a front yard, a terrace or even a balcony, why not try growing your own vegetable garden. Veggies like tomato, lady’s finger or long beans do not require much space. A flower pot is good enough.
Markets are volatile. If one thing is guaranteed it is that prices keep fluctuating more towards the higher end. A little pinch here and a tuck there would help you stretch your pockets further.