If You Want to be a Savvy Consumer, Buy Plenty of These Three Items
Savvy consumers are experts when it comes to stretching their monthly food budget beyond limits that some of us more impulsive consumers can only imagine. If you want to know the secrets that savvy consumers use when it comes to menu planning and grocery shopping, read on.
Relying On The Staples
Savvy consumers rely on several staple foods to make the most advantage of their grocery budget. There are a few key foods that are economical but stretch really far. Rice, beans, and potatoes are three key foods that savvy consumers rely on when planning their weekly menu.
Beans Are Magical For More Than One Reason
Beans are a great food for several reasons, and savvy consumers make sure that their pantry is always stocked with several varieties of beans. Beans are very versatile. They can be used in place of meat in many, many dishes, and they are loaded with protein and fiber but are low in calories. You can feel full and satisfied after eating them and won’t have the munchies all evening long. You should have several varieties of beans in your pantry at all times. Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, are great because they will add protein to your salad, and they can also be used to make hummus. You can dip raw vegetables in hummus, or you can spread hummus on a flat tortilla and wrap it up for a quick lunch. Black beans and kidney beans are great for making meatless tacos, and this meal is much cheaper if you don’t have to buy several pounds of beef.
Respect The Rice
Rice makes a great side dish, and you never have to waste leftovers. If you have leftover rice, you can make rice pudding. I can’t think of any other food that doubles as both a dinner item and a dessert. Rice can be used in a stir-fry and soups to “stretch” them further. Savvy consumers always utilize leftover ingredients in soups and stews. There are many varieties of rice, and a 10-pound bag is inexpensive and will last a while.
And what can I say about potatoes? Savvy consumers always have a bag of potatoes in their pantry. Potatoes can make a quick main dish if you top them with leftovers from the previous night’s meal. This way nothing will go to waste. You can make baked, mashed, or scalloped potatoes, so every family member can eat them just the way they like to. Best of all potatoes are economical. You can get a 5-pound bag for less than $3. I have to correct myself too. You can use potatoes as dessert if you make potato candy!
Keep the above tips in mind the next time you go to the grocery store. Follow the lead of savvy consumers and stock up on beans, rice, and potatoes.