WAYS TO SAVE: Groceries

TOPEKA, Kan. – With the rising price of beef and produce, consumers’ wallets are hurting. Here are some ways to save on groceries.

Tip #1: Stick to your list.

Having a list and sticking to it keeps you from buying items you don’t really need. Let’s face it: who hasn’t succumbed to cravings as they’ve walked through the ice cream aisle, for example? Sticking to your list is good for your wallet and your waistline.

Tip #2: Buy the heaviest pre-bagged produce you can find.

Pre-bagged fruits and veggies are often measured by volume, not weight. Find the heaviest bag and save some money!

Tip #3: Go for the unwashed.

Choose a head of lettuce over the bag or uncut fruit over the fancy pre-cut bowl. That pre-cut, pre-washed produce took labor, and labor costs money. Do the labor yourself, and you’ll save.

Tip #4: Be realistic about how much you’re going to eat.

If I had a nickel for every time I bought too many bananas and let them go brown… well, I’d have saved a lot of money.

Tip #5: Purchase meat that’s lower in weight.

Once you get it home to cook it, you probably won’t notice that 0.04 pounds is missing. Choose the 2.03 pound pack over the slightly heavier 2.07 pound pack, and save a few cents. It’ll add up in the long run.

Tip #6: Consider how filling the food is.

Eating eggs and toast for breakfast is not only cheaper than milk and cereal, but it is also more filling so you’ll want to eat less.

Tip #8: Be a freezer fanatic.

Stock up on sale-priced meats by making double batches and freezing them. You can even freeze homemade breakfast foods so you don’t have to resort to expensive toaster waffles or pastries. Make your own pancakes, waffles, and muffins to freeze. You can also make your own breakfast burritos that easily go from the freezer to the microwave.

Tip #9: Shop the sales.

Many grocery stores have BOGO days (“buy one, get one”). And in general, sales rotate every four to six weeks.

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