Senior Chef -Kids Cooking Lessons
16-18 years old- Lesson 3
For today's Kids Cooking Lessons take your
Senior Chef on a special shopping trip to the grocery store. Use
this time to teach him/her about shopping wisely.
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Kids Cooking Lessons- Teaching Your Teen to Shop Wisely
Teach him/her all the tricks and hints you can think of that would
10 Quick Grocery Shopping Tips - How to Save Money on Groceries
Eat first. Don't shop when you are hungry. You will
come home with a lot less money and more food than needed.
Store brands are okay. Often times, if you compare the
more expensive brand name versus the store brands, you will save
money if you choose the store brand. Most store brands contain
the same ingredients as name-brand items. The only thing missing
is the famous name and packaging. While you may taste a
noticeable difference between some name and store brands, most
are insignificant. Trying several store brands every time you go
shopping will quickly familiarize you with the best-tasting
store brands and allow you to forgo forever those expensive name
Placement of food in a grocery store is all about
making money. You usually have to walk through a lot of other
yummy looking items to get to the staple foods and healthy
foods. In the aisles look up or down for better prices as more
expensive items are placed at eye level.
Watch the scanner. Make sure you are paying the right
price when checking out. The scanner can make mistakes.
Read labels. Is what you are buying, the healthiest
Grocery lists. Write out a grocery list before you get
to the store and stick to what is on your list. Remember, the
goal is to stick to the list as much as possible.
Shop sales and grocery flyers. When the grocery store
fliers come out plan your meals to match what is on sale.
Compare prices by portion. How many servings/cost.
Often times this is shown on the price sticker on the shelf. If
it's not, calculate it yourself.
Menu Plan. Have a menu planned before you go to the
store. Then follow your grocery list. Not only does this keep
you from wandering around the store figuring out what is for
dinner, it will save you money knowing exactly what you need.
Use coupons. Use coupons or rebates on items you use
Avoid prepared foods. The
next time you go shopping and pick up a box or bag of an already
prepared item, ask yourself if you can make that at home for
less. If you can, then put that item back in favor of less
Buy in bulk. Consider
the food items that you use most often. Cereals, meats,
vegetables, condiments, juices, and paper products can be bought
in bulk usually at a lower price at food warehouses like Costco,
BJs, and Wal-Mart. If you have a coupon, youll save even more
Dont shop when you are
hungry. You are more likely to give into those impulse
buys on an empty stomach.
Buy fruits and vegetables in
season. Use fresh vegetables. Cutting them up and
freezing them will save you a lot of money Shop at farmers
markets when certain foods are in season
Buy dried beans, not canned.
It will be an extra effort but costs much less and will be
healthier for you.