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Eating healthy wholesome diet does not necessarily mean that you have to spend big bucks on food. It is possible to provide good and nutritious meal to your family and still save money on your food bills by employing some strategic tips discussed below.
You want to feed your family a wholesome meal every day, but as the prices of groceries are touching an all-time high, you are in a complete fix. If only there was a genie that would fulfill your wishes without burning a hole in your pocket. Do not despair.

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Especially when you are buying basic items like flour, rice, sugar and salt, there is no point shelling out extra money for branded labels. You would hardly notice any difference in the taste or quality. Similarly, while buying for fruits, remember that fruits which are not perfect in shape still retain their nutritional value. Purchasing fruits which are less than perfect in appearance may not affect their quality but would definitely have a positive effect on your wallet.

4.    Buy in Bulk

You would not realize the amount of money you can save until you get into the habit of buying in bulk. Almost all the food items of daily use are available in the bulk sections of most of the superstores. These include grains, flour, beans, herbs, tea, coffee, raisins and oils. You can buy in bulk from medical food stores, grocery stores or supermarket chain. In case your local grocery shop does not offer bulk sale, try to find out a store that does. In case your budget allows, and the product you want to buy has a large shelf life, it is always advisable to buy in bulk as it translates into a lot of saving.

5.    Cook at Home rather than Eating Out

Cooking at home is the fastest route for grocery savings. If you look carefully at the time you spend in going to a restaurant, ordering, eating and coming back, you will realize that you can cook a delicious meal at home in far less time and far less money. And the added bonus is that you are sure of the nutritional content of the food that you and your family consume. Involve your family members in cooking the meal and see how the bonding between the members strengthens.

Instead of shopping for packed ready to eat foods, shop for basic ingredients. And then make your own sauces, stocks, butter and yoghurt. Instead of buying salad mixes, just buy some fresh lettuce heads and make your own salads. Try whole grains, eggs and fruits at home for breakfast rather than eating processed cereals. Carrying a homemade lunch is definitely cheaper and far more nutritious option than buying junk food from outside.

6.    Use Seasonal Vegetables and Fruits

Fruits and vegetables cost wonderfully less when they are in abundance. It would definitely be a help if you know the seasonal fruits and vegetables in your area. When you opt for ingredients which are off season, you end up spending more money. This is because these ingredients are then sourced from places where they are in-season. The store selling them would add the price of processing, transportation, storage and preservation to the actual cost of the ingredient thereby, inflating the price many fold. Buying seasonal fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, is far more sensible as they are more nutritious and as they are in abundance, they are often sold at reduced prices.

7.    Avoid Wasting Food

Even if you prepared a food item at throwaway price, if it lands up in the garbage bin, it means you are throwing away your hard earned money. If a food item is consumable, there is no justification in throwing it. 
. Buy ingredients for cooking food for five days. Think what you would create from the leftovers for the remaining two days of the week. Also check regularly for the best before dates on the items in your fridge. If anything is close to this, shift it to the freezer for use at a later date.

Employing these simple strategies would go a long way in saving the money you spend on food. You would be able to eat a nutritious food without spending a fortune and the thought that you have saved so much money would add to the flavor of the food.

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  • “Saving Money on Food (the No Compromise Way)”, published in Frugal + Urban on August 25, 2009, accessed on July 9, 2012.
  • “Five ways to cut your food costs”, Published by Nathalie Bonney in Moneywise, last updated on July 29, 2009, accessed on July 9, 2012.
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