As the leaves change color and the weather gets a little cooler, it’s time to start thinking about how to save money on food shopping this fall. There are plenty of ways to save, from taking advantage of grocery store sales to planning your meals. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Plan Meals in Advance
Fall is a great time to invest in affordable, convenient, quick dinners. And, planning your meals can save money on groceries. Decide what you want to make for the week and create a shopping list based on recipes. This will help you avoid impulse purchases and overspending.
Shop at Local Farmers Markets
Buying local produce is a great way to save money during the fall months. Farmers’ markets typically have lower prices than grocery stores, and the food is often fresher and tastier. Plus, you’ll be supporting your local farmers!
Stock Up on Fall Staples
Certain foods are typically cheaper in the fall, so it’s a good idea to stock up on these items. For example, potatoes, carrots, apples, and onions are typically very affordable during autumn. So, buy in bulk and save!
Buy in Bulk When Possible
Buying in bulk can often save you money in the long run. If you know you’ll use a lot of something, consider buying it in bulk, especially if it is products or foods that don’t go bad for a while.
Take Advantage of Sales and Coupons
One of the best ways to save money on groceries is by taking advantage of sales and coupons. Many stores offer discounts on certain items, especially during the fall season. Additionally, many websites and apps provide coupons used at various grocery stores. Before going to the store, either cut out all possible coupons, you will use or, if you are looking on a website, have them ready to pull up on your phone. It is also best to consider grocery stores’ loyalty or rewards programs.
Compare Prices Before You Buy
Take some time to compare prices at different stores before you do your weekly grocery shopping. You may be surprised at how much you can save just by taking a few extra minutes to compare prices.
Buy Generic Brands
This can help you save money on the items you need. In addition, generic brands are often cheaper than the more expensive name brands. So if you’re looking to save money, opt for the generic brands.
List, List, List
It’s essential to sit down and list the items you need. This will help you stay focused and avoid impulse purchases. If you go grocery shopping without a list, you are more likely to go up and down every aisle and grab what you think we will use. Making a list will help you stick to it and save money in the long run.
With some planning and creativity, you can save big on your food bill this fall. Lotta Products’ Notta Lotta Sugar and Gotta Lotta Protein lines are affordable and a great way to plan your meals. Plus, they are the healthier meal options with no artificial flavors, low on sugar, and packed with protein. So if you’re looking for more ideas, check out our recipes page for seasonal recipes that will help keep your wallet happy.