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21 Ways To Save When Grocery Shopping

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To save on grocery bills is not just a matter of being economical. It is also a matter of eating more healthy, and making your household more sustainable through reducing waste and throwing away less.

Although you might be doing pretty well, there’s always a way to further optimize your grocery shopping.

Check out these 21 pieces of advice that might give you new ideas about how to shop smarter and save up.

1. Buy seasonal produce

Buy the fruits and vegetables that are in season in your part of the world. Your food will taste better and your body will be grateful.

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2. Buy in bulk

Always try to apply this advice for grains and potatoes. This will save you not only money, but valuable time too.

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3. Know what you’re looking for

Here’s a helpful chart that will guide you towards optimal produce should look like. You’ll never have to buy overripe or underripe fruit or vegs ever again.

Source: Life Hacker

4. Ripen up

This guide will show you how to ripen the stuff you have bought faster, so you can consume them almost immediately.

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5. Cook properly

Grains are a nutritious and tasty addition, but under or overcook them and you’ll regret it and end up throwing food away. Save yourself time and effort by checking how long it takes for certain grains to cook.

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6. Are ‘best before’ labels gospel?

“Best before” and “sell by” dates are usually an educated guess. Don’t throw away every item of food because the label says it’s expired. Consult a nutritionist about what types of food are perfectly safe to eat past their expiry date.

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7. Store meat properly

Don’t let your meat go bad. Make sure you store it properly in your freezer, or in the refrigerator when it comes to cold cuts.

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8. Give the produce equal consideration

Storing stuff on the counter, in the crisper or in the cupboard can make a world of difference. Keeping certain fruits and vegetables in dark and dry areas can dramatically extend their freshness.

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9. Use sand

This might sound strange, but by storing root vegetables in sand they can be preserved for quite a long period of time.

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Source: Gardenista 

10. Use paper bags

Not a fan of sand? Instead, you can store your onions, garlic and shallots in paper bags.

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11. Don’t keep your freezer unused

If you are buying in bulk you can use part of the produce for another season. Buy in-season fruits and freeze them so you can still consume them when they are nowhere to be found.

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12. Freeze meat

Portion out the meat before freezing so you can take out the quantity you need without affecting the rest.

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13. Prepare your own baby food

Baby food is expensive, and not always good. Puree your own alternative and freeze it in cube trays – that way you will always know what your little ones eat.

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14. Freeze smoothie ingredients

Always have stuff like greens and spinach frozen and at hand for a healthy smoothie. You may also puree them before freezing.

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15. Single-serve herbs

Freeze herbs and green onions before putting them into empty plastic bottles for storage. When you need them, pour out the amount you need on a plate and put the rest back in the freezer.

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16. Keep celery in your fridge

Wrap celery in aluminum foil to make it last longer and place it in your refrigerator.

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17. Avocado wisdom

Avocados need to be consumed the day you buy them, so follow the following chart to learn how to decide if one is good to eat.

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18. Use glass containers

Jars and glass containers are reusable, microwave-friendly and healthier than plastic.

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19. Start growing your own stuff

You don’t need a garden immediately. Start planting the seeds from the produce you buy to grow your own. You only need water to grow stuff like green onions, celery and lettuce.

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Source:Don’t Waste the Crumbs 

20. Double the butter

Whip together butter and water to make it last longer and easier to spread. However if you plan on using the butter for baking, never mix it with water – it will affect the quality of the dough.

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21. Last-minute use for milk

If your milk is  about to expire, don’t throw it away: freeze it with some Oreos crumbs for amazing iced coffee.

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