Welcome back for another Meal Prep focused post! I love meal planning and prepping food because it helps me stay on track with healthy eating and helps me save money.
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Prep your meals with items in season. Seasonal items are always cheaper. Use them to supplement items that are always about the same price like potatoes, apples and bananas or frozen produce. This helps with variety so you don’t get tired of eating the same foods, but also helps with variety of nutrition since different foods contain different benefits.
Buy in Bulk
I don’t buy many things in bulk, but I do like buying things like grains and dried beans in bulk. Look in the bulk bins or look for bigger bags when you are at the grocery store. The price per ounce is usually always cheaper the larger the size so be sure to stock up on items you know you use every week like rice. Think again the next time you see a 10 pound bag of rice 🙂
Plan your meal prep around the shelf life of the produce you are working with. Use more fragile produce items like leafy greens and berries earlier in the week and save things like peppers, potatoes, frozen veggies and apples to the end of the week. Don’t stock up on so much fresh produce that you can’t use it up before it goes bad. Throwing out produce is the worst waste of all in my opinion.
Check the Ads and Aisles
I like to keep an eye on the sale ad for my grocery store and check bins when I get there. Sometimes there will be a big sale on chicken that is about to spoil or peppers that are looking a little rough. I either freeze these items for later or plan to use them when I get home. I saved big bucks when this happens.
Less is More
Keep your recipes and meals simple. Instead of buying 3 new ingredients for each recipe you want to try out be selective. Try to choose dishes where you can use up those extra ingredients you have at home and work to utilize something multiple ways. Example: chicken stir fry over rice, chicken burrito bowls, baked chicken with veggies and rice. Every meal utilizes chicken and rice. This helps to prevent waste, but also will help you streamline the planning and cooking process without getting bored of eating the same thing.
There are so many ways to save money at the grocery store, but these are just some of the ones that I’ve found work best for me.
What are some ways you save money at the grocery store?
Do you utilize any of my tips above?