As the world begins to shift towards a more green mindset, health food stores are starting to see a boost in sales and are popping up all over the place. While shopping at these stores can be great for your health and increase your cooking creativity, they can also cause your grocery bill to rise. Fortunately, there are ways to shop at health food stores without breaking the bank.
The number one thing to remember when shopping at a health food store is that the store brand is almost always going to be less expensive than the competitive brands, sometimes by as much as three or four dollars. Store brands - especially those at health food stores - are often of the same exact ingredients and quality of other brands, and the thrifty shopper should not hesitate to purchase them. This rings especially true for common household items such as toilet paper and toothpaste.
Also be sure to take note of any and all sales that the store is having. Sales can be a great way to tap into the cheaper side of the store, and can save you quite a bit of money in the long run. If the store sends out a periodical brochure, be sure that you are on the list to receive it. Planning your shopping based upon the store’s current sales will not only save you money but it will also force you to get creative with your cooking.
Finally, while it can be difficult to teach yourself the necessary willpower, it is paramount that you avoid items of considerable luxury and expense. In other words, even though you’ve been eying that hundred dollar can of black truffles for the past month, buying it will destroy any and all efforts that you’ve made in the past to save money. Learning to save money is in many ways about restraint, and with restraint comes humility. Switching out expensive items for inexpensive items will increase the versatility of your cooking and keep your wallet in decent shape.