I’ve noticed the price of food going steadily up. Even where the price looks the same the package is smaller, a smart little trick that manufacturers and supermarkets think we won’t notice. Lean meats, fresh fruit and vegetables food are more pricey than other varieties.
If you can afford the latest electronic gadgets, good food shouldn’t be unaffordable, that said there are many shopping tricks you can use.
1. Some fruit is much cheaper, go for that.
Berries, e.g. blueberries, strawberries and even grapes tend to be more expensive. Apples, oranges, tangerines and pears are much cheaper.
2. Frozen vegetables are cheaper but you don’t necessarily compromise on quality.
Apparently fresh vegetables can lose up to 45% of their nutrients by the time they reach the table. Importantly, if you’re buying from a supermarket that food isn’t as fresh as you might think. Picking, sorting, transporting and shelving means your “fresh vegetables” might have been picked 1 to 2 weeks earlier.
The nutrient content of anything that’s been harvested falls from that minute onwards. Frozen food is harvested, blanched and frozen immediately.
Examples of foods you can easily obtain frozen without compromising on taste include peas, edamame, corn, green beans, broccoli and spinach.
Carrots taste much better fresh and they’re generally not too expensive so I prefer to buy them fresh.
3. Shop at farmers’ markets
The food is fresh and cheaper because the middleman, the supermarket, has been cut out.
4. Don’t buy anything in a can or carton
Want a tomato sauce for a pasta? Then make it! It’s so easy. Here’s a recipe for you. Soups take a little longer to make but again, it’s much cheaper to make them than buy them.
5. Cut vegetables up yourself
This will save you a few pennies/cents. Even choosing the green beans that have been snipped at the end instead of the unsnipped variety leads to a large mark up on the product. The same applies to salads and other vegetables.
You CAN eat better for less, all you need to do is create a strategy for how you’ll do this.
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