When to Buy Prepared Food and Save
Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 2:42 pm
In general, I’ve always advised avoiding prepared foods when shopping to save. However, I can’t say I always follow my own advice. In fact, in all reality, it’s almost impossible to avoid buying prepared food all the time. In some cases purchasing prepared foods at the grocery store can actually save money.
When Buying Prepared Food is Okay
So, when should you buy prepared foods? If buying a prepackaged dinner or ready-made salad at the grocery store is going to stop you from eating out, then by all means, do it. Buying individually wrapped snacks is also a better bet than buying snacks from a vending machine or such.
How to Save When Buying Prepared Food
If your going to buy prepared food you might as well save money doing it, right? Here are some ways to save money on prepared food:
- Look for coupons and sales. As always, using coupons on prepared foods will lower your bill. Also, make sure you look for sales before selecting a product to buy. There might be a similar product on sale for less.
- Check the clearance section. Most grocery stores have a clearance section hidden away somewhere. Locate it and save big on prepared foods. You can usually find items marked down about 50% and some of the prepared foods you’ll find on clearance will cost less than their usually cheaper counterparts. You can also find some great clearance deals on foods in seasonal packaging post holiday season.
- Buy in bulk. You can often find reasonable prices on prepared foods at the warehouse stores. If you can stock up on prepared foods for less, the go for it. If the warehouse store accepts coupons, even better!
- Compare prices and check unit prices.
So, when buying prepared foods can save you money on more costly spending ventures (such as eating out) they aren’t necessarily a bad choice. Just remember to look for the best deals when shopping for prepared foods.