Food shopping is usually split into three categories:

  1. Fruit and vegetables
  2. Meats
  3. Other; including bread and milk, your pantry staples and other meal ingredients.

Depending on whether you’re sticking to a strict budget, or you prefer to do your shopping at the one place only will determine where and how you shop.

Whilst supermarkets have the convenience of having it all there, they can be more costly for meats, fruit and vegetables. Markets and warehouses are better options for price for these items.

Other very important things to consider are the longevity of foods. This will determine how often you shop.Fruit and vegetables, stored correctly, can last a week to 10 days. Bread and milk have short life-spans, although they can be frozen. Meats can be stored in the fridge for a few days without a problem, and can be frozen and still good anywhere from 3 to 9 months.

Ideally, you want to shop from a list; work out what staples you need (including meats), and what foods you’re going to use to accompany them. You might want a separate list for the green grocer if you’re going more regularly.

Stick to the list; this’ll make sure you get what you need, and not end up with fourteen boxes of something you don’t. It will also make food preparation much easier when you have everything you need.

There’s also nothing wrong with buying in bulk, if you have the room or grabbing stuff when it’s on special, to save on your grocery bill cost. Just make sure it’s something you need.

Finally, here are a few secrets you’ll need to know:

  • Shop for meat at the end of the day when prices are marked down.
  • In most cases, homebrand basics are as good as the more expensive brands.
  • Most supermarkets have a market day when they have special prices on fresh produce.
  • Eat before you go!
  • Know what you are going to cook for the week and ONLY buy for that.

Don’t forget to check the catalogues to see what is on special, too.  There might be a good saving just waiting for you.

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