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How to Save Money in Summer on Groceries

 

How to Save Money in Summer on Groceries

Groceries are a big part of the average household’s weekly expenses. In the summer months, with a bit of careful planning, you can bring that number down significantly. You can reduce your food costs by as much as 30% to 40% if you follow these tips.

==> Buy What’s in Season

When you buy food that isn’t in season, the food will be more expensive. It will have been grown either in a greenhouse or through genetic modifications, or it was imported.

Whatever the case is, anything that isn’t just food straight out of the soil is going to add costs. It costs money to hire scientists to modify foods, it costs money to run a greenhouse and it costs money to import.

By contrast, in season foods are just picked. Pure and simple. So do a bit of research, make a list of foods that are in season this summer and stick to buying those foods.

==> Buy from Your Farmer’s Market

Summer is a great time for farmers. It’s warm and tending the fields is much more enjoyable than the rainy winter. Buying directly from farmers will not only save you money, but it’ll also help support these farmers more than if you bought from a supermarket.

When you buy from a supermarket, you’re also paying the wages of the managers and filling the pocketbooks of the owners. When you buy straight from the farmer, you essentially cut out the middleman, save money and support the little guy.

So find your local farmers markets and make it a point to buy most if not all of your foods from farmers’ markets, rather than from large supermarkets.

==> Clip Coupons, Use Members Cards

Pick up copies of free newspapers whenever you can. Turn to the advertising sections and look for coupons. Clip those coupons and use them to save money on your groceries.

Join the members’ clubs of various different stores. It doesn’t cost any money. These members’ clubs will then track the kinds of foods you tend to like and occasionally send you special offers.

If you join the members’ clubs of three different supermarkets, you’ll get enough special offers to regularly be getting 30% discounts.

==> Grow Your Own Food

Want to really save some money on groceries? Grow your own food.

Buying seeds is very inexpensive. All you need to feed the plants is water. You don’t need to buy plants that take forever to bear fruit. You can plant seeds that can be harvested in as little as 6 to 12 months.

These are a few different ways you can save money on groceries this summer. If you’re careful and diligent, you can reduce this major expense by as much as 30% to 40%.

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