Want to save money on groceries and eat local? There are several things you can do to start eating local and save more money on food!
Food costs are rising, along with just about everything else. Most of us are trying to find ways to stretch our food budget these days.
It is possible to lower your food bill and still eat local, healthy food. Many of the ways to save are very simple.
Ways to Save Money on Food and Eat Local
- Quit eating fast food. Fast food seems quick and cheap but it adds up and really in the time you drive somewhere, wait in line, and get back home you haven’t really saved time.There are many ways to eat at home even when you don’t have much time, use a crockpot, make meals ahead of time and freeze them, cook quick meals like fish, or buy some pre-made meals from the Oklahoma Food Cooperative. These pre-made meals are affordable and much better for us than fast food.
- Meal Plan. Americans waste a lot of food and that translates to a lot of money. Planning your meals and shopping with a list can help make sure you buy what you need and don’t end up having to throw out food.
- Join the Oklahoma Food Cooperative. Buying through a coop, like the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, can save you a lot of money. You are buying food that is in season and you cut out a lot of the middlemen, which means savings for you. There are also volunteer opportunities that can be used for credits for your order.
- Shop farmer’s markets. Like with the coop, you will be cutting out the middleman. You can find so many great local products at farmer’s markets and it’s a lot of fun to get to know the people producing your food.
- Buy in bulk. If you have items your family uses a lot of, talk to the producer about buying in bulk, some allow this and will give a discount.
- Grow your own. Growing your own food can be fun and will save you a lot of money. Starting a garden doesn’t have to be hard.
- Make your own. Cooking from scratch is a great way to save money and reduce packaging waste. Many things we think of as being hard to make, really aren’t. Take it slow and try one new from scratch recipe a week or a month.