Tips For Grocery Shopping On A Budget
We have seen grocery prices rise and rise this year, and as a Nutritionist I understand the importance of nourishing your body without breaking the bank. Here are some of my top tips for navigating your grocery shopping while sticking to your budget:
1. CREATE A BUDGET & STICK TO IT
Work out your weekly grocery shopping budget and actually stick to it. Then use this as a guide for your shopping trips and to create meal plans.
Bonus Tip: Shopping online, for example using Coles Click & Collect, allows you to see your groceries adding up in real time. Shopping online can also reduce impulse buys.
2. PLAN AHEAD
Planning your meals is your budget's best friend. Take a moment before hitting the store to outline your meals for the week. Jot down the ingredients you need, and most importantly, take that list with you. This strategic move not only prevents overspending, but also ensures you have everything for your nutritious and delicious meals.
3. AVOID PROCESSED & READY MADE FOODS
Save money by avoiding ready-made and processed foods. Go back to basics and make your own spice mixes, cut your own fruit, grate your own cheese, and wash your own lettuce leaves for salads. This can also benefit your health as you can avoid certain additives that may be added to processed foods.
4. BUY IN SEASON
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are often cheaper and tastier. Buying specific produce at the right time of the year can save you a lot of money and make for more flavourful and nutritious meals.
5. EMBRACE LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables at your local farmers market. They are usually not only cheaper, but fresher and better quality, which can also help to reduce food waste.
6. BUY SUPERMARKET BRANDS
While fancy packaging and popular brand names might catch your eye, don't overlook the budget-friendly gems on the shelf. Supermarket brands often offer quality products at a fraction of the cost. Give them a try and discover the savings without sacrificing taste or nutrition.
7. BUY IN BULK
Purchase staples like rice, pasta, and legumes in larger quantities (even better when they are on sale) to enjoy significant savings over time. Just be mindful of storage space, and store well to retain freshness.
Navigating the grocery store on a budget doesn't mean compromising on nutrition or taste. With some planning, some strategic choices, and commitment, you can enjoy delicious, wholesome meals while keeping your wallet happy.
By Breeanna Betar
Breeanna is a degree qualified Clinical Nutritionist specialising in women’s health. In her private clinic, she works one on one with women to help them achieve their health goals. Bree possesses a profound understanding of women’s health needs and is committed to sharing her knowledge with the Naked Harvest community, and is proud to be involved in Naked Harvest’s mission of revolutionising the active supplement industry.