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How to save money on food

Half of the average family's budget stays in the store when we buy groceries. But there is never enough money. Saving money is like making more money. We can learn a lot from our grandparents who lived through difficult times. How to use the experience of past generations to save money on food?

We cannot control what happens in the world: crises, financial troubles and unemployment. But we can control our reactions and our actions to change. We can be more rational and frugal.

It is important to be able to control your expenses and live more modestly, as our ancestors did. How to reduce a significant item of our expenses, which is called "food" or "food"? How to spend less money in the store?

How to save food money? Tips from older generations

General tips for saving on food

Do not use ready-to-cook food, but cook it yourself. Home cooking is healthier, tastier and cheaper.

Go to stores with a list of groceries to buy. Spontaneous purchases ruin.

Don't shop hungry when you're sweeping everything off the shelves.

Make a menu for the week to distribute products more rationally.

Ignore the urge to "discount" what you don't really need.

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Use a discount card to get a discount.

Look for new recipes that are more beneficial and healthier alternatives.

Do not buy a package, but go with your "string bag".

Shop for meat, fish and chicken. It's better, cheaper and healthier than sausages.

When shopping, pay attention to the weight of the packs. Now everyone is so scammed.

Do not eat in cafes and bars.

Avoid spontaneously buying a cup of coffee, sweets or alcohol.

Keep receipts after purchase and record expenses. This will help you control your budget.

Review your diet and find analogues

We are used to the fact that we can buy absolutely everything in the store. But our grandparents did not always have such an opportunity. What they were doing? They were looking for simpler, more affordable and cheaper analogues.

Be imaginative and creative in the shop. Do not spend extra money on expensive products and do not pay only for the brand. Review your diet more healthily. Replace expensive products with cheaper, but no less high-quality ones.

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Avoid Waste

Often we cook too carelessly or don't calculate our food purchases. As a result, a lot of food goes to the trash instead of its intended purpose. How to avoid it?

Eat perishable foods first. Don't overcook, freeze food, eat leftovers for breakfast, don't over-buy, make a new dish from future waste. Avoid waste. It's the same food, only you couldn't dispose of it properly.

Grow food yourself

You can grow food yourself in the country, fish or hunt. You can collect greens, berries, vegetables, which will save on food. In the village or in the country, you can reduce the cost of food.


Compare prices in stores

Buy a week in advance where prices are lowest. Overstock in large stores, markets and fairs, where you can buy at the price of manufacturers. Buy products in the village from private traders, where everything is much cheaper, and often even more useful.

You can buy in bulk, because it's cheaper. To do this, you can cooperate with neighbors to save money on groceries together.

How to save money on food and nutrition? There are many tricks, but the most important thing is to cook yourself and count all the expenses. How much money do you leave at the grocery store?