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How to Reduce Food Costs without Sacrificing Nutrition

Everyone can agree that living in the modern world is becoming more expensive. In 2022 we will see inflation, shortages of goods and increased costs across the board. According to the Consumer Price Index report, the cost of foods has increased by more than 11 percent in the last year.

The rising cost of living is affecting most people, no matter how well-paid they may be. The fact that wages are relatively stagnant despite the price increases is not helping. Anyone can feel depressed by this.

Food is a necessity, not a luxury. When food prices increase, people often turn to cheaper alternatives like fast-food to satisfy their appetite while still staying within budget. But sacrificing nutrition to get a cheaper price is not a fair deal.

You can save money and still eat healthy and delicious food by using some clever hacks.

Eat Out Less
While eating out can be a lot of fun, most restaurants mark up the food prices to make a profit. In the current restaurant labor shortage, many restaurant owners are forced to increase their prices. It’s healthier to cook at home because restaurants often prepare food with a lot of fats and oils.

Eating out is a treat that should only be done occasionally.

Take advantage of Cash Back Offers
Did you know that you can be paid to shop for groceries? You’re right, apps like Ibotta or Nielsen Consumer Panel will pay you for the items you buy at the grocery store. You only need to scan your receipt to get the cash deposited into your account.

Create an Grocery Budget
Budgeting is necessary, even though it can be time-consuming and tedious. If you don’t have a budget for your groceries, you will be more likely to buy items that are not on your list. Unneeded extras can quickly add up at the checkout line.

Decide how much you can afford to spend on food every week (or biweekly, depending on your shopping habits). Once you know your budget, make sure to stay within it. You can save money by buying generic food or using coupons.

How to Store Food
The way and place you store your food can have a huge impact on how long it will last. Freezing meat can prolong its shelf life by up to a week. Bread and pastries should be refrigerated to reduce the chance of mold. Research the best way to store food to maximize shelf life.

Conclusion
Despite the rising cost of food, individuals can still reduce their food expenses and eat healthy food. You can have a healthier wallet and tummy by being a conscientious and responsible consumer.

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