Frugal Family Shopping

If not planned properly, grocery shopping can be a challenging task, consuming a lot of time and money. It’s important to be well prepared to get the most for your money while eating healthy.
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When shopping, try to make a list of everything that is needed for the week, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. This method makes it easier to stick to a budget and resist the temptation to purchase unnecessary food products. I have realized that I am more motivated to cook rather than picking something up from a restaurant because everything that is needed is within reach. Also, shopping sales at various stores in the area ensures that I am getting a good deal on my favorite products. The local farmer’s market is a great resource to purchase homegrown produce that is in season, while supporting the community.
The unit price can be very helpful when choosing products, which illustrates the price per pound, ounce, or pint. A bulk item may cost more than the convenient sizes, but you are getting more for the money. I buy in bulk whenever possible and package it myself, which helps to save in the long run.


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