One of the good things about the heat of summer is that food becomes cheaper to prepare. Instead of the thick stews and roasts that keep us full and warm during the colder months, the summer is a time for salads, sandwiches and grilling. However, it can be easy to get carried away at the grocery store, stocking up on veggies and breads that—if not used quickly enough—go bad before you can eat them. Here are some tips to help you save money on meals this summer:
1. The obvious rule stays the same no matter what time of year it is: make your own meals. Eating out is costly, especially when meals are light and can quickly and easily be prepared at home for a fraction of the cost of a restaurant’s food.
2. Stock up on things that you will be able to use throughout the summer. If the grocery store is having a sale on spice mixes, get a few to save. Grill Mates, McCormick’s and other brand name spice packets often hit 10 for $10 (if not cheaper) in the summer. Take advantage of the summer sales on foods that don’t spoil.
3. Instead of hunting through the produce section of your supermarket, take a weekly trip to your local farmers’ markets. At farmers’ markets, you often can find the same vegetables that you find in the grocery store. The difference between the store and the farmers’ market is that you know exactly from where the vegetables and fruit come. You usually can talk directly to the person who grew them! What’s more, in addition to usually being able to save money, you can gain some satisfaction from knowing that you are contributing directly to local businesses!
There are plenty of bargains to be found for summertime meals!