I've often written about ways to save on your food budget. There's nothing new about the tips below except the urgent need for people to offset rising prices around the world. Personally my food budget hasn't gone up, but what I consider a need has now changed slightly. My grocery list consists of basic ingredients to stretch our dollars further.
Here are 7 more tips that will save you money on your food bill -
* Buy seasonal. Citrus fruit is seasonal in Winter and stone fruit, melons and berries are seasonal in Summer. If you buy outside of these times then you'll pay premium prices. Also the nutritional content of fruit and veg is at it's highest when freshly picked ( not stored for months on end ).
* Limit the junk food you buy. If you are struggling with rising costs then junk food ( chips, lollies, chocolate, soft drink etc ) should not form the basis for your daily intake of calories. Limit your junk food to a treat.
* Stock up on specials. If an item is 40 - 50% off then buy as many as your budget can afford. This will eliminate the need to pay full price.
* Find a market to buy fruit and vegetables. Although this can be a great money saving option, you need to know your prices. Bigger markets generally have cheaper prices than farmer's markets from my experience.
* Barter / swap with your friends, family or neighbours. If you know someone who has fruit tress, ask for their excess fruit in exchange for something they can use like a jar of jam, your own garden produce, a craft or service ( car wash, item repair etc ).
* Avoid the bakery, deli, frozen meal section and other non essential food sections. The temptation is great, the food looks amazing but it is highly priced and NOT value for money.
* Grow something yourself - ANYTHING !!! Growing just one or two types of vegetables / fruits will save so much money on your food budget. No room in your backyard ? Then grow in a pot. No money for seeds ? Then save the seeds from food you eat ?
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