Try Something Different - it could save you money
One way to save money is to try something different. You might just find something that you like that is less expensive.
Often we get stuck on a certain product and never try alternatives. It seems that some are at least worth trying, if they might help you save money on groceries.
I'm not encouraging you to try something just because it's a "new item." I'm encouraging you to try different things as alternatives with the aim of saving money. Maintain an objective of saving money.
What I'm suggesting is to try different things like:
- a cheaper brand of the same type of cheese
- the same brand, but a less costly cheese that might work just as well in your recipes
- a less expensive per pound block of cheese instead of one that costs more because it's shredded
- less costly head lettuce instead of the lettuce that is more costly than meat because it's already bagged
- cheaper off brands of various products
- a new vegetable that is less per pound than most, and it's something you've never tried
- a variety of apple that is new and therefore at an introductory price, and you've never tasted it before
Often new things will be brought onto store shelves to test out marketplace interest. They can be much less expensive then, before they catch on in popularity. That's a time you can save money on groceries.
Jicama is a good example. It used to be dirt cheap when it was first introduced. When its popularity grew in just a couple of years, so did the price - it tripled.
When trying different things, remember to keep in mind about what you think you should be paying. For example, if you're trying a new vegetable, keep in mind what a reasonable price per pound should be for vegetables. If the new vegetable gives you a chance at saving some money per pound, then give it a whirl.
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