Are you one of the 72 percent of Americans who makes a list for grocery shopping trips? Consider this: Being a list stickler can cause you to miss out on really good deals, says Janis Jibrin, RD, author of The Supermarket Diet. "If you follow it too rigidly, you could be blowing by some really luxurious in-season fruits and veggies for a great price," Jibrin says.
Nutritionists love to encourage their clients to "shop the perimeter of the grocery store," and for good reasonthat's where you tend to find the fresh produce, dairy, meat, and whole-grain bread.
Ever notice those shrink-wrapped potatoes that are "microwave ready"? The cut-up fruit in a plastic container? They're just marked-up goods.
You think of Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's Wholesale Club as places to stock up on paper towels and sparkling water, but it's smart to load up on fresh foods at these big club stores, too. That's because the price per unit is way better when you're buying in bulk. Blueberries at BJ's were $2.80 per pint versus $3.99 at a leading grocery store, and filet mignon was $12.24 at BJ's versus $17.49 at a leading grocery store, the Lakatos sisters found.
You know that feeling of sticker shock at the checkout when your cart adds up to way more than you thought? But you're too embarrassed to ask to pull out a few items (after all, there are people behind you in line!)? Well, with online shopping, you can see your tallyand editas you go. "The total is clearly visible, and so if it's too expensive, you can easily put items back to stay within your budget," Jibrin says.
Maybe you like to spend a little more to get organic chicken and good olive oil but wouldn't mind pinching pennies somewhere else. Turns out, certain basic foods are just as good in taste and quality as the premium version.