We all know that prices of every item are going up these days. We tend to be careful when purchasing items. These are the items that can still be of good use or good quality but with lesser in price. But did you know that being economical you are also helping the environment when you do your grocery shopping? Let’s see a few simple ways you can do to save money and the environment.
1. Make a list. Do you always go back to the store a few times because you tend to forget some ingredients for your meal? If you have done this a couple of times then I suggest you start getting organized and make a list. Make a list of all the things that you need so when you go to the store, you will be able to buy them all at the same time. No need to come back because you forgot something. In this way, it will save you more time, money, and gas running back and forth.
2. Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk saves you money. Oftentimes when it comes to food, the bigger package we buy, the less we pay per pound. Store them to your freezer or fridge with dates on the package so you can use them before it spoils. You can also buy canned goods in bulk or by the case at a warehouse. But make sure you will use them before it spoils.
3. Buy meat at the butcher shop. Have you ever bought meat but wasn’t able to use them all because you only needed a part or the size was cut wrong? Then go and visit a butcher shop. Buying meat from them will give you more savings. They help you reduce waste because they can cut the meat for you in the size that you want. It would be easier to recycle the paper they use to wrap the meat with instead of Styrofoam or plastic that we get from the grocery store. Also, going to them gives you more special privileges that you won’t get in a grocery meat shop.
4. Use reusable shopping bags. These cloth bags are cheap and can carry a lot. You can just stuff them in your car and bring them when you need to purchase some items. The good thing about these bags is that you can reuse them and would live longer than a normal plastic bag. As we all know, plastic bags cannot be recycled at all. So why get them if it only gets stuck at the landfill?
5. Leftovers. Most people just throw leftovers away and waste food and money. But do you know you can actually make a new dish from leftovers? Some leftovers might still be good the next day, while some may not be good. Just try mixing them with other ingredients then you might come up with a new dish. Be creative and explore. For instance, a beef pot roast with potatoes, onions, and carrots will be good today. But what about tomorrow? Who would want to eat them again? Maybe some would, but most wouldn’t want another serving. So why don’t you try and take the beef out? Shred the beef and turn it into beef enchiladas with some spicy tomato sauce and cheese. Use the same beef and make it a completely different meal so your family will eat them and you won’t waste any food and money at the same time.
6. Reusable water bottles. We waste a lot of money and resources on bottled water each year by using and producing them. But where do they go after using them? They end up being stuck in the landfills, or on some bodies of water, which is not good for the environment. So why not use reusable ones? These bottles will trim down resource wasting and environmentally damaging nightmare.
Follow these simple ways to go green with your grocery shopping and save the environment at the same time. It’s time to change your habits and make a more green and friendly household, and of course, the world.
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