Buzz: Your tips for a frugal food budget – Life Inc.
You’ve got to eat, but – as many of our readers have learned – you don’t have to break the bank doing so.
The post prompted a number of readers to share their own tips for saving money on food. Here are some of our favorites.
1. Don’t shop based on sales or coupons
That’s right, you read that correctly. Several readers said coupons and sales can actually end up being a waste of money if the good deal lulls you into buying pricier foods or items your family doesn’t normally eat.
“Most sale items with the exception of fruits/veggies are packed full of preservatives. Eating for less shouldn’t mean you stop eating healthy. I rarely plan my grocery trips around circulars, but I do check to see and compare if what I usually buy is on sale,” one reader wrote.
2. Do consider store brands.
Several readers said they have switched to generic or store brands for staples, saving a bundle without losing out on taste or quality.
“What really saves money is to try store brands. I’ve found that store brands of some food items are every bit as good as the name brand, and a whole lot cheaper even if you have a coupon for the name brand,” one reader noted.