Most people consider it common knowledge that healthy food is expensive and unhealthy food is cheap. But it does not need to be this way. Every Naira counts in this Nigerian economy, so here are a few tricks you can use to save a buck and get a little healthier too:
Never shop hungry
The hungrier you are while shopping, the more tempted you’ll be to make unhealthy decisions. Eat a big meal before heading out to the store, so those giant displays of cookies don’t tempt you. Plus, shopping on a full stomach makes you psychologically less likely to overfill your cart. Stick to your list, and limit your impulse buys to save a whole lot of green.
Cook at home
The most important change you can make to save money is to turn cooking at home. Eating out is expensive, no matter which way you cut it. This is perhaps the best solution you for saving money.
Shop on weekends
If you already have fresh food in the fridge you will be more motivated to cook for yourself instead of going out and spending money. Make the habit of buying food ahead of time and you won’t be as tempted to waste money going out.
Make a meal plan
Meal planning also helps you save money when you’re actually in the grocery store. Before you even go to the store, take some time to go through your pantry and fridge to figure out what you already have. Stick to your list, and only buy the essentials for the week when you’re in the store, making sure to avoid impulse buys. Those savings will definitely add up over time.
Buy in bulk
The cost per unit on bulk purchases is usually way less than it is when you buy fewer items at one time. Especially when it comes to meat (which can be frozen) and pantry staples, such as rolled oats and nuts, this is the preferred way to shop. And it should be a part of your money-saving strategy.
Grow your own food
Whether you have space for a giant garden or not, growing your own food can really help you save some green. Tomato plants are very easy to care for and often produce way more than you need for a fraction of what you’d pay at the grocery store. Why buy pricey prepared salads when you can grow your own?
By Damilola Faustino
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