We all need to get groceries. Every week you get the best ingredients for delicious dishes, but on some days your receipt is very long. oops. That’s why we share tips for cheaper shopping. And no, this does not have to mean that you eat less tasty. On the contrary!
Cheaper shopping: 8 tips
1. Buy in bulk
Do you use certain products such as rice or sugar very often? Then it is smart to buy this in large packaging. Many small bags together are often much more expensive than a very large bag. It may take some lifting, but afterwards you can rest on top of that mountain of money you saved.
2. In season? To do!
Vegetables and fruits that are in season are often much cheaper. And your food really does taste better when you buy food that’s in season. Just think of the taste of Dutch strawberries in the summer (versus winter…) or juicy tomatoes. And if you visit a country store or vegetable garden, you can discover products that you did not know before, or become more creative in the kitchen. Enough reasons to buy seasonal products in any case.
3. Never go without a list
Lists: oh, lifesavers ! Not only does a good shopping list provide an overview (what you don’t have to remember, does not contribute to the chaos in your head), it also helps you with cheaper groceries. By knowing exactly what to get, you are less likely to buy things you don’t need. In other words, impulse purchases. You can save a lot of money with that.
4. Shop at different stores
If you want to save on groceries, it can also help to visit different stores. After all, every store has something different to offer. One shop has affordable fruit and vegetables, the other shop has cheap kilo bags of rice and flour. It will cost you a little more time, but less money.
5. Look at the bottom shelves
Supermarkets are smart, but you are smarter. So understand how a supermarket works, by realizing that expensive products are often at eye level. By taking a look at the bottom shelves, you might come across very affordable products that you didn’t know yet. Top secret: you can find half a kilo of oatmeal for less than 50 cents at the bottom of the Appie (don’t tell anyone!).
6. Go to the market or Turkish supermarket
For fresh fruit and vegetables, go to the market or Turkish supermarket. There they sell these products for a much lower price, often because they are super ripe and have to go! On the market you will find a wide range of seasonal vegetables and fruits, at the Turkish supermarket they sometimes have special types of fruit or vegetables that you did not know. And that immediately gives inspiration to start experimenting in the kitchen.
It may all seem like a little more effort when you go for budget groceries. That is partly true, but it just depends on how you deal with it. See your weekly shopping as a challenge, where the amount on your receipt should be as low as possible. Then it suddenly becomes much more fun.
7. Score the Misfits
The less perfect fruit and vegetable items often taste fine, but they are still less likely to be sold. Albert Heijn, for example, sells a kilo of pears as ‘Outside Legs’ for €1.30. A very good deal, if you ask us. Very nice to make, for example, a pear crumble .
8. Never go to the store hungry
We all know it, we all know it, but we all still make the mistake: shopping when hungry. This is the perfect recipe for throwing endless snacks in your cart that you don’t need and that can quickly cost a lot. So never make a trip to the supermarket if you haven’t eaten yet.
Source: Culy by culy.nl
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