How to Save Money on Food in 2016

The recession in 2008 never really went away, and in top of it, another one’s trying to rear its head. In this situation, you don’t need to be told that you are the worst hit. You the salaried individual, the middle-class man is suffering the most due to the bad economy. But hey, that’s no excuse to let go! With a little thrift, we can get over this in no time. All you have to do is to priorities your needs and wants, and of course, the first basic want is food.

So let’s talk about food and how to save money on food in 2016 in this article. But firstly, you must remember that this article is not about starving you but about providing you the required nutrition at a much lower price tag. We always believe in a more for less balance and will achieve that in this article. Ready? Alright, here we go!

Save Money on Food

Skip the Packaged Salad Mix

Bagged salad mixes are convenient since they make it easier to eat your veggies is a good thing. But they’re also expensive and can quickly go from perky to wilted to downright slimy. So try buying heads of lettuce (which often last longer in your crisper) and make your own mixes. Try mixing up romaine, radicchio, red leaf or escarole.

Also, you can grow your own vegetables if you have a backyard. It’s not as time or labor intensive as people would have you believe and is actually very economical as well. For about the cost of a bag of salad greens ($3) you can buy a packet of seeds for mixed salad greens. The packets have 500 seeds and will plant a 30-foot long row of greens. It’s safe to say you’ll be swimming in salads for weeks.

 

Buy Spices from Bulk Stores

Spices

Look for a store that carries spices in bulk as the price per ounce is often less expensive. In this manner, you can buy a smaller amount. Since spices have a shelf life, after a year or two in your cupboard they just don’t have as much flavor. When you buy smaller amounts, you’re less likely to have old spices sitting around that are ready for the trash can—thus sparing a serious waste of money.

 

Save on Staples

Olive Oil

Often, staples such as olive oil, nuts, pasta and canned beans are on discounted sale. It’s a good idea to stock up on them during this time. 

 

Eat More Potatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes cost only $0.30 per piece and are a great source of fiber, Vitamin C and Potassium. In addition to great nutritional value, potatoes are great because you can make a large number of dishes with them and all of them taste good. If you want to save money on food in 2016, potatoes are indispensable for you.

 

Chicken

Chicken Food

We’ve been talking about vegetables for so long, let’s talk about some meat now. It’s also a good thing as by now you must be starving for some animal protein. Well, be happy, chicken is indispensable as a substitute for steak if you want to save money. It’s advisable that you buy the whole chicken and then cut it up at home according to your requirements as this comes cheaper than buying pre-cut portions such as breasts and wings.

 

Beans

Beans

At about 50¢ or less for a ½-cup serving of canned beans, you just can’t go wrong. They’re packed with fiber and protein. Dried beans are even cheaper Cook a big batch then freeze extras for when you’re ready to use them in a recipe.

So there you are! With our tips to save money on food in 2016, what are you waiting for? Eat all you want! Where’s that glutton? Ah, there it is! Good Luck!

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