Thrifty grocery shopping

It is unfortunate that when it comes to saving money on grocery, we sometimes have to sacrifice goodness. This is one reason why people’s health declines during times of recession. However, in order to survive financially, it is something one must do sometimes. On the other hand, there are ways to circumvent the negative effects of eating less than healthy diets, but it does require diligence and hard work (e.g., exercise). Recession teaches us a lot about thrift, and everyday we are learning new ways of being thrifty.
Buying cheaper alternatives when it comes to meat means that you will get fatter cuts of meat. If this is the best you can do, you should remove as much visible fat before cooking and always drain the fat after the meat is cooked to avoid a high intake of fat and cholesterol. Similarly, canned meats may be full of sodium and other preservatives. To my surprise, Morrison’s carries their own brand and a few lesser known brands, some of which are low in fat and/or sodium, and are quite inexpensive.  Jamie Oliver can say what he may about cheap sausages, but we cannot afford to pay 10GBP for 20 sausages.  We buy the 1GBP pack, which lasts us a week, and probably contains the worst parts of pork and chicken, but we like it.  There does not appear to be much fat that comes off when we cook it, either.
Buying in bulk makes good financial sense. This is especially true when there is a special and no buyer limits. Morrison’s often have ‘buy one get one free’ offers, or even larger bulks. The same product may be on offer several times a year, with a different offer each time. These items should be purchased when there is a special. If they are nonperishable, you should stock up well until the next special. It may sometimes mean that you will have to rearrange your dinner menus to incorporate the specials.

Although it is difficult to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in bulk, it is best to buy them when they are on special. This is usually the case when said fruits and vegetables are in season, which makes it reasonable to eat healthy and cheap at once. If fresh fruits and vegetables are difficult to obtain, frozen or tinned fruits and vegetables are available. They may not be as healthy, but they are a cheaper and non-perishable alternative.

These are only a few ways to save money when shopping for groceries. We have managed to follow some of these ways in order to feed a family of four on around 50 GBP a week. Hopefully, in future blogs we can include some recipes that are simple and use cheap ingredients.

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