Despite many online options, a lot of consumers still prefer to visit supermarkets to purchase food. According to a Walmart survey, an exceptional in-store experience is one of the key drivers for keeping supermarket buyers contented and loyal.
If you love your nearby grocery store and often go there to buy everything you need, now is the time you must reconsider your approach. Especially, when it comes to food, you should never buy these 10 things from your local supermarket:
@1. Precut Veggies and Fruits
There is no denying the fact that your daily diet must include a reasonable portion of fruits and vegetables, but why grab precut ones when you can easily do this on your own. Precut frozen veggies and fruits are way pricier than the fresh ones and obviously they’re not the exact replacement either. So, unless you’re not in a hurry, it’s best not to pay additional on pre-sliced items.
@2. Cured and Processed Meats
Processed or cured meat in any form can increase your risk of getting cancer. Also, they tend to cause high blood pressure, migraines and cardiovascular diseases. So, whenever you crave a meaty, juicy steak next time, make sure to buy fresh meat and marinate in your secret recipe to stay safe.
@3. Multi-Grain Bread
Unless the list of ingredients include some healthy grains like whole wheat, buckwheat or quinoa, it’s absolutely useless to throw your hard-earned money on commercially-available multigrain bread. However, if you’re really looking to invest on your health, you should find artisan multigrain bread options as they tend to include specialized ingredients like grains, seeds and nuts.
@4. Bottled Water
Of course, you should buy bottled water if your drinking water is contaminated and not safe. However, you can easily save hundreds of dollars by investing in a water purifier and some reusable bottles. Better ditch plastic ones and opt for stainless steel bottles to reduce your carbon footprint on our environment.
@5. Iced Tea
Did you know you can save money and your waistline by preparing your own iced tea at home? Another survey conducted by Walmart revealed that health conscious consumers brew their own iced tea at home considering the fact that the bottled ones contain exorbitant amount of sugar which definitely isn’t good for your health.
@6. Pasta Sauce
One can of tomato-based pasta sauce generally runs $2 to $5. The similar quality of canned tomatoes is accessible at $1. Our recommendation: Make your own sauce by using crushed canned or fresh tomatoes. The simplest way is to put some crushed tomatoes into a pan. Add white vinegar, some sugar and your favorite herbs.
You can also add some of your preferred veggies like mushrooms and carrots for extra flavor. Let simmer for an hour. Cool and store in an air tight container.
@7. Gluten-Free Baked Stuff
Unless you’re suffering from Celiac or wheat allergy, it obviously doesn’t make sense to purchase gluten-free stuff at double price. Also, Gluten-free label doesn’t necessarily mean ‘healthy’ as manufacturers generally fill in a huge number of preservatives and artificial flavors to replace the wheat.
@8. Canned Beans
Canned beans and legumes are yet another thing you should never buy from your local supermarket. Canned beans can cost more than $1/14oz but you can purchase a whole 2-lb bag full of similar dried beans for around $1.59 that yields 12 cups of beans after soaking and boiling.
@9. Pet Food
Consumer surveys reveal that purchasing pet food in bulk from Walmart or other warehouse stores can help you save big.
@10. Side-Dish Mixes
Boxed rice entrée generally comprises of rice, salt and flavorings yet they’re priced so heftily that you can observe a major hike in your grocery bills. Yes, there are a few extra flavorings added but most of the ingredients are already there in your kitchen cabinets. Instead of purchasing these ready-made side-dishes mix, purchase a bag of rice, add your favorite seasonings and cook as per the instructions enclosed inside the packaging.
There you have it. Save big on your monthly grocery bill by skipping the above-mentioned food items from your shopping list. You would be surprised to see the difference. Happy Saving!
Sumbul Sheikh is the author of this sponsored post. She is the business development manager at SkWebSolution.