This guide will help you spend less, but eating is still delicious and satisfying.
No matter how much oil spills from the TV screens (they say, the government controls the prices of goods from the food basket), statistics is a stubborn thing. The cost of the conditional minimum set of food is growing again. The cost of the conditional (minimum) set of food. If in October 2017 it amounted to 3,715 rubles, then in May 2018 it is already at the level of 3,970 rubles.
Growth by 255 rubles for six months
According to experts, prices will continue to rise. So, it's time to learn to save. We will tell you how to spend a minimum of money on food.
2. Compare prices in different stores
Buying everything in one supermarket is convenient. But sometimes, if you take a walk to the bakery around the corner, you can buy more delicious and cheap bread.
If there is no time for monitoring, try to buy once a week. “Today I will buy cottage cheese, and tomorrow I will come and buy eggs” - an approach leading to unplanned spending.
Well, use special applications.
6. Wholesale in bulk
Flour, sugar, salt, pasta and spices are always needed. Plus they have a long shelf life. So you can take it for future use. Moreover, prices at wholesale outlets are usually lower.
“Where do I have so much? I have nowhere to store it, ”- typical hostess objections to the advice to buy products in large quantities. The solution is simple: shop together with friends. Having bought a package of rice and sharing it among you, you will quickly feel the benefits of this approach.
7. Look down
According to merchandising rules, the most expensive products are placed on shelves at the eye level of the buyer, and the cheapest ones are on the lower racks. Do not be lazy to bend over and study the lower assortment.
In addition, do not look into departments that you do not need (divide the products on the list into groups: meat, vegetables, and so on). And do not forget that the store should be visited full.
9. Do not overpay for a name
Famous brands are more expensive. But this is not always a guarantee of quality and taste. Take a look at less famous, but cheaper counterparts. For example, the brands of chain stores. As a rule, the taste characteristics of popular products (vegetable oil, groceries, etc.) do not differ from brand ones.
13. Do not be afraid of delay
The discount policy of chain grocery stores is a subject for a separate discussion. But when the product expires, sellers are ready to be truly generous. As a rule, products with a timer are quite suitable. The main thing is to use them as soon as possible.
The exception is dairy products. It is easy to get food poisoning with them, so it’s better to buy only fresh.
3. Do not cook too much
There are mistresses from whom "the hand does not take a little." If you cook borsch, then in a large pan, if you fry cutlets, then a full pan. Such a waste, as a rule, ends with half of the cooked flying in the bin. Learn how to cook as much as you eat.
Alternatively, do not cook until you have cooked.
7. Make blanks
It's not about three-liter jars of pickles. At the current pace of life and urbanization, this is an amateur occupation. But everyone can freeze greens and berries.
Finely chop the parsley, dill and other favorite herbs, put in a container and send to the freezer. Fragrant seasoning is always at hand.
8. First eat perishable foods
They bought yogurt, put it in the refrigerator, and five days later, when they remembered it and wanted to eat, it turned out that it was expired. As a result, several dozen rubles are sent to the trash. Is that familiar?
In order not to fall into such situations, stick bright stickers on perishable products: “eat until Thursday,” “use until the end of the week,” and so on.
9. Store products correctly
Observance of storage conditions prevents premature spoilage of products. The more lean you are about food, the less you will have to replenish food supplies.
By the way, about thrift. Many products can be given a “second life”. Has the bread started to dry? Make crackers and add to salads.
As you can see, to save on food, you do not have to be a pedant. Everyone can follow these recommendations. But the main thing - do not be fanatical. Sometimes you can and should allow yourself something tasty or beloved.