Regardless of whether you’re feeding only yourself or cooking for your entire family, you’ll likely find that grocery shopping takes a big bite out of your paycheck. Plus, it’s a recurring expense. Here’s how to shop smarter at the supermarket, tips courtesy of our thrifty shopper Budget Babe.
Words by Budget Babe
One reader recently emailed me asking for advice on cutting down food expenses, as she found even home-cooked meals expensive sometimes after you factor in the cost of groceries. So today, I’d like to share some tips I personally find helpful:
1. Shop at night
I do most of my grocery shopping after 9pm and when the store is almost closing. The reason is two-fold: firstly, it reduces the likelihood of me idly strolling around and picking up unnecessary items; and secondly, did you know that many perishable food (fish, meat, sushi, etc.) go for much lower prices at night?
Many of us are too hung up on the concept of eating “fresh” food. But buying a fish for $4 in the morning and keeping it in your refrigerator until two days later when you cook it is objectively no different from buying the same fish for $3.50 at night.
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