In many families, the cost of food is basicbudget line. This is understandable, because you want food on the table was tasty, varied and of good quality. In this article, some very simple and practical tips on how you can save money on buying products without worsening your daily diet.
1. Make a list
Well, really, if you still go to the storewithout a list, you simply steal from yourself. You can simply leave a bundle of money on the shelf in the store, it will be the same. The list should be made with the menu for a week (about this in the next paragraph). And during the compilation of the list, make sure that you do not already have these products. Because the situation when the third package of baking foil is bought, or another bank of pickled cucumbers, although the same in the refrigerator is dusted, is by no means a rarity.
2. Plan the menu for the week
It's easy, really. In a week only 7 days. 7 days, of which 5 days, you can only have breakfast and dinner. Just gather your thoughts, sit down, and finally write the menu for a week. You can even just remember what you ate last week and write it down. Then you purchase products, according to the menu. And now you can take a whole week without following the plan.
3. Do not go to the store hungry
Surely you know this advice. And yet make it a real law - before going to the store to properly refresh yourself. Otherwise, you just can not avoid buying nuts, chips, yogurt "in the path" and other small things that you literally ruin.
4. Have a limited amount of money with you
Count how much money you can spend onproducts and, going to the store, take with you only this clearly defined amount. No cards and friends who can borrow you money until tomorrow. And you will spend exactly as much as you planned.
5. Round the prices
With the previous paragraph, some could notagree, explaining this by having a specific amount in your pocket, you can be at the checkout in an unpleasant situation, when, after breaking through all the products, the cashier calls the amount larger than you have. Here everything is simple: you have to count. Take the product - just add its value to the total. To count it was easier, round up the prices in the big party (99 rivers - this is 100 rubles).
6. Expand the list of products immediately
The idea of what you exactly need to buy, can visit at any time. Therefore, it is better to have a shopping list at your fingertips and complement it as soon as you remember something.
7. Make a list of products in the storeroom
If you have a pantry or a distant locker,which also stores products, it will be rational to hang on it a list of these very products. We often forget about what lies on the distant shelves. And in the end we buy new products, or they just get spoiled. The list on the door will allow you, without going through the inventory every time, to know exactly what you have. Just do not forget to adjust the list.
8. You should always have products for quick preparation of dinner
For example, pasta and cheese. Fast and not too expensive dinner. You can use this option when you are too lazy to cook, instead of going instead to a cafe or not ordering food at home.
9. Wholesale purchases help to save
Many products are cheaper to buy in bulk inspecialty stores. But take only what you use for sure until it's spoiled. Buy a box of bananas and a half to throw out - questionable savings.
10. Keep your checks
By check, you can easily analyze which of theYour expenses can be reduced without any damage. And you can compare prices in stores. Often it turns out that bread, for example, is better to buy in the store A, and vegetables and fruits - in the store B.
11. Buy frozen vegetables
Naturally, the fresh tastes better. But not in the season is much more economical to buy frozen. In addition, such vegetables will not spoil for a long time.
12. Do not leave the purchase at the last minute
If you have 2 rolls of toilet paper left,you can already add it to the list. This will save you from forced urgent visits to the store. By the way, and will help to save. Because you can go to the shop where it's cheaper, and choose, and not buy the first available at any price.
13. Less meat
Meat is not a cheap product. And it is possible to slightly reduce its consumption. For example, put it a little less in dishes, or even several times a week to prepare a fully vegetarian dinner.
14. Cook and freeze
It's a great idea to prepare lunches and dinners for the whole week on Sundays and freeze them. So products will not be spoiled and for seven whole days there will be no problems with food.
15. The emergency reserve
Try, that you always had a stock of batteries, toilet paper and light bulbs. Agree, these are the very things that we most often run to the nearest store around the corner.
16. Watch for promotions
On the actions taking place in shops, shout nowat every corner. What could be easier: track them and take the goods at a discount? Just do not grab unnecessary products just because they are now cheaper. Take only necessary.
17. Try "store brands"
Large supermarkets represent their brands, andthe price for these products is an order of magnitude lower than for the same ones, but represented by other brands. Interestingly, now the quality of such products from "store brands" is not only not worse, but sometimes even better than many others.
18. Analyze the list
You made a list, went to the store andpurchased for a week. But you still have to go to the store every evening. And you buy there not only those products that need to be taken fresh (for example, bread and milk). Think, maybe you did not make a correct list?
19. Down with the trendy cereal and flakes
They have very beautiful alluring packages. But they will not replace (and will not even taste better), ordinary oatmeal with berries or dried fruits. Do not fall for marketing fishing rods.
20. Be careful at the checkout
It is quite possible that one price was specified on the price list, and when scanning the product, another one appears.
21. Compare prices correctly
When comparing prices for the same product of different brands, do not forget to pay attention to the weight of the product. Packages are deceptive. Sometimes it seems more that one which actually contains less product.
22. Try to visit shops not at rush hour
In a crowd of people, it will be more difficult for you to calmly compare prices and choose products, rather you, obeying the general insane flow of people, quickly stuffing their baskets, will also begin to snap everything indiscriminately.
23. Note when fresh vegetables and fruits are brought to the store
Vegetables and fruits quickly fade on the shelves. But if you know on what day they are brought, you can take only the freshest in time.
24. Need a large freezer
We have already said that you can freeze food for a whole week. If you have a large freezer, then you can even freeze berries for the winter.
25. Use whatever is possible
Are you going to cook dinner or a snack? Look in the refrigerator and think up dishes from what's left in it. A piece of cheese, a slice of boiled chicken and cabbage? Well, from this you can make a salad for lunch.
26. Do not buy "junk food"
Nuts (not normal nuts, but overfilled and salted snacks), chips, chocolates, crackers - it's all very expensive. The nutritional value and usefulness of such snacks tends to zero.
27. Do not take children to the store
It is very difficult for them to resist the variety presented there, and it will be very difficult for you to resist their requests to buy this, and that ...
28. Try to resist impulsive shopping
Strictly follow the list. If you suddenly saw a dishwashing detergent and remembered that you need it, then why is it not on your list so far? You had to make it there beforehand, when you realized that it was ending.
29. Drink water
Juices, lemonades, cold teas - in fact, all this is self-indulgence. This you do not get drunk. And this pleasure is indecently expensive.
30. The right shopping list
Products on the list should be located in such aorder, so you can only go through the store once. From his entrance to the ticket offices. During the second pass you can find more "necessary" things.
31. Carry a bag with you
Of course, the economy is ridiculous. And nevertheless, it is. Is it difficult to take a bag from home? For a month you will save already a significant amount on the packages, and your house will not be littered with useless plastic.
32. Give the children useful snacks
Sometimes you want to chew something, especially children. Put the fruit on the table, sliced. You can even put the usual cleaned carrots. Or make popcorn without additives (such a popcorn is even useful). The main thing is to prevent children from constantly chewing chips and cookies, it's expensive and not useful.
These are very simple tips you probably heard more than once, and not two. But if you really want to start saving - turn them all into life.