9 Easy Ways to Save Money on Food

When Leanne Brown began writing her thesis project for her master’s degree in food studies at New York University, she had no idea that her findings would end up on the best-seller list. But that’s what happened when her cookbook, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, was published. The Financial Post has a report on the author and her desire to help those on food stamps. More than 40 million people in America live off food stamps that provide them with $4 a day, but there is little information available on how to actually survive off this amount. In her book, Brown figures out a way to do it, shares recipes, and provides a “resource to show that anyone can make healthful, varied meals without spending excessively.” Here are nine takeaways from Brown’s book that show you how to save money on food.

  1. Buy foods you can use in multiple meals.
  2. Buy in bulk.
  3. Build a pantry.
  4. Think weekly. Buy a new staple each week.
  5. Shop seasonal produce.
  6. Spend money on vegetables. “Give them a treasured spot at the top of your grocery list and you’ll never be bored,” writes Brown.
  7. Don’t buy drinks.
  8. Make your own broth and stock with leftover vegetable scraps and bones.
  9. Make good use of your freezer.

Brown argues that water is the only drink you really need. Make sure yours is purified with a filter pitcher.

How do you save on food?