Saving money at the grocery store can seem easy when you’re eating the Standard American Diet. Billion dollar corporations spend a lot of money on sales and coupons that make you feel like you’re getting a “deal” on those convenience foods. But those foods are often over-processed sugar, salt and fat bombs that are devoid of actual nutritional value. So while you may be “saving” a few dollars here and there on junk food, you’re most definitely not saving your health!
Plant-strong eating without breaking the bank.
There is good news – the myth that plant-strong eating is expensive is just that: a myth. Many people in our Seven-Day Rescue Challenge Facebook group report that they are actually spending less money at the grocery store each week buying their amazing plant foods. Still, who wouldn’t want to save even more? Keep these four tips in mind at the store to save even more on your grocery bill:
Buy in bulk.
Many stores now offer spices, oats, grains and more in bulk, often saving you several dollars per pound. WIth spices in particular, it can be daunting to spend $4 or $5 on a small bottle of a spice you may only be using for one recipe. Buying bulk instead can save you a bundle without requiring you to sacrifice flavor in your meals. With grains a staple of every plant-strong pantry that stay fresh for a long time, stocking up ensures you always have ingredients on hand for quick meals while also saving you extra dollars at the cash register. Need some meal inspiration to go along with your bulk grain and bean savings? Try out this Citrus Beet & Black Bean Quinoa Bowl from our Meal Planner and let us know what you think!
Local produce doesn’t have the price tag of produce that has been shipped across the country (or across the globe). It also tends to be much more fresh! If your area has a local farmer’s market, you’ll often find the cheapest prices on fruits and veggies there, but many local grocery stores also carry produce from local vendors.
Think outside the box (or inside it!).
Sometimes it’s nice to not have to throw together a meal from scratch – and when you factor in not needing to buy individual ingredients and time spent in the kitchen, you end up saving considerable time and money. Try some of the Engine 2 Plant-Strong products by going to a Whole Foods Market store (US only), or find some of them online at Amazon.com. Prices have been reduced since the Amazon acquisition and these premium products are more affordable than ever!
It’s happened to all of us from time to time. We go to the grocery store with the best of intentions and a set notion of what we want to buy. Then the end caps and product displays catch our eye, and next thing you know you have gone way over budget. Having a plan (and sticking to it) can be a huge help here. Folks using our meal planner have reported that the ability to plan out meals has helped them shave several dollars off their receipt tally at the end of the week. Plus, you can leverage ingredients you already have on hand in your fridge or pantry by searching for meals that use those ingredients – that way, nothing goes to waste! Just tell us a little bit about yourself and what you like, and we’ll recommend delicious, personalized, E2-compliant meals for you. After you choose what looks good, we automatically generate a grocery list for you that you can print, email, or pull up on your phone right in the store. You can also do this yourself at home in a few hours. Simply map out your meals for the week and cross reference the ingredients you have on hand with what’s on the list.
Follow these tips and you’ll end up with some extra dollars in your pocket each week, plus a pantry and fridge loaded with plant-strong goodness!