It’s expensive to feed your family! Yahoo Finance says to feed a family of four for a week, it costs from $131 on the low side up to $299! So it pays to shop smart to get the most for your food dollars. Here are some things you want to skip buying at the supermarket.
- Salad dressing – When you buy bottled dressing, it’s probably got a ton of ingredients and could have 120 calories per serving. So make a healthy, fresh vinaigrette with three or four ingredients instead.
- Gift credit cards – They can be a life-saver when you truly need a last minute gift, but some gift cards from the grocery store have big activation fees.
- Greeting cards – If you don’t want to pay four or five dollars for a card at the supermarket, you could buy a cool set of blank cards to use for any occasion.
- Name-brand spices – According to a blind taste-test from “Consumer Reports,” people couldn’t taste the difference between expensive brand-name spices and cheaper generic versions (pro-tip: check out the spices in the Goya aisle). A good way to save on spices is to buy a little at a time from your local health-food store, where they sell in bulk.
- Pre-arranged flower bouquets – Look for the buds that aren’t quite open yet and get single varieties of flowers to get the best value from fresh flowers from the supermarket.
- Party supplies – You can save a ton on candles, paper plates, and helium balloons at the dollar store.
- Lunchables – Those things have a lot of calories, fat and sugar, plus they’re totally processed. So just give your kiddo leftover pasta or a cheese sandwich instead – cut it into a cute shape, if you’re one of those moms.
- Batteries – You’ll pay way more for them at the supermarket than you will at a warehouse club.
- Bottled water – Forget buying plastic bottles of water over and over. All you need is a couple of stainless steel water bottles to fill and keep in the fridge. You’ll save the planet and some money.
- Diapers – Anyone who has to buy diapers knows that the grocery store isn’t the cheapest place to get them. But when you desperately need them, it’s great that they’re right there.