by Rosa Mayland
- Never shop on an empty stomach.
- Buy in bulk.
- Visit your supermarket as little as needed and make precise shopping lists.
- Don’t buy more than needed. Stick to your shopping lists.
- Make a budget, stick to it, and keep track of all expenses.
- Know your supermarket well and be wise to supermarket tricks.
- Limit your dining out. Eat at home.
- Shop seasonally and locally. It’s cheaper and healthier.
- Avoid all bagged, fancy packaged, ready-to-eat and processed food/meals (unless it is straightforward canned food). Avoid junk food unless it’s a treat you make at home from time to time.
Swiss food pyramid.
- Eat more frugally (smaller portions) and only when you are hungry.
- Eat less meat, but more sustainable fish, cheese and eggs.
- Emphasize grains, legumes and vegetables (understand the food pyramid).
- Make double batches when you cook — one batch to eat straight away and one to freeze.
- Recycle leftovers and don’t waste food.
- Always stock your freezer with a selection of ice-friendly food, your kitchen pantry with imperishable and your spice cupboards with lots of condiments.
- Drink lots of tap water. Limit your consumption of alcohol, coffee, tea, sodas cut out most bought beverages. They represent a large expense.
- Take an interest in foreign and exotic culinary dishes, as they use bargain ingredients and small quantities of costlier ingredients.
- Rosa’s Musings: 13 ways to eat on a budget and improve your health at the same time
- Your Budget-Friendly Guide to Healthy Cooking
- Navigate Your Way to Healthy Supermarket Shopping