The average American spends about $3,520 on food every year – and that’s just the average! If you have a family of four, it may be more like $10,000 or even more. Food costs can really add up, especially if you enjoy eating out at restaurants. Fortunately, there are ways to save money at the grocery store that don’t require drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle. With these tips from Giant Food, you can save time, save money and find meal inspiration all in one place!
Grocery Shopping Tips
Even grocery shopping as a mom (and/or someone with an office job) can be hectic, especially if I’m in a rush. Sometimes I’ll leave certain ingredients off my list because I feel like I don’t have time to go to another store if what I need isn’t at Giant. Although a few minutes could be saved, spending more time with the convenience of such a store doesn’t always result in better food. Fortunately, we offer fresh inspiration every day of the week–so long as you know where to look. If you are looking for inspiration to reduce your time in the kitchen, don’t forget to take a look at our recipe pages where you can search by mood, ingredients, dietary preference, and more. We have recipe ideas for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, desserts, and even beverages! Simply check out our recipes page here. All you have to do is add them to your grocery list or print them off and take them with you on your next trip to the grocery store.
Meal Planning Tips
As your work or home life make it difficult to cook fresh meals every night, consider meal planning. Doing so enables you to anticipate which recipes you will need to prepare each night of the week. Schedule your cooking ahead of time by jotting down what you’ll be cooking each day for the coming week and shopping for just the items for those meals. You’ll save time and money – it just doesn’t make sense to buy ingredients for more than one dish if you won’t be able to cook more than one recipe! Choose recipes with ingredients that you already have at home so that, if you have any leftovers from dinner, they will taste great as leftovers for the rest of the week. Additionally, you can also pick meals that are simple to make in the evening or on the weekends so that you do not need to spend your evenings or weekends prepping.
When you start your meal planning journey with Giant Food, keep in mind which meals are popular at your house that are also easy to make. Also look for recipes that use ingredients that don’t have to be prepared or cooked ahead of time. Making a plan of these meals will let you only shop once per week or so and will make dinner on a weekday evening quick and easy because it’s already prepped in the fridge. If you plan ahead of time, try to make all the steps of a recipe at the same time (like browning meat before you put it back in the dish).
Recipe Searching Tips
For those of us who love to cook but don’t have a lot of time to plan out meals, it can be difficult to know what to make for dinner. Not only that, but sometimes when we look in our fridge or pantry for inspiration it feels like there isn’t anything worth making. Luckily, Giant has a great selection of recipes that are sure to inspire your taste buds and also save you some time and money. If you’re having trouble deciding what meal might work for your schedule here are a few ideas that may do just that. These are great options because they can be made quickly on any night of the week—and they don’t require an abundance of ingredients or prep work either!
Whether you want to mix up your weekly routine or need to work around your diet plan, our easy meal options come with nutrition information so you can pick the perfect thing to indulge. For instance, after finding recipes online or in digital format at the click of a button, all you have to do is tweak them a little bit! One idea could be cooking shrimp in adobo sauce in a frying pan, and adding water spinach after two minutes of cooking.
How to Cook Meal in Bulk
Planning your meals in advance not only saves time, but it also saves money. Want to eat healthy but don’t have time to plan? Grab a recipe from our meal inspiration with Giant Food section on our website or app. We have recipes for every occasion – including those I-need-to-eat-fast days when you need something easy like Teriyaki Chicken in a Hurry or Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos. Downloading a couple of recipes means that when an unexpected dinner invitation comes up, or you’re running late after work and need something fast, all you have to do is pick up what’s on sale at Giant.
How to Cook Without Recipes
Meal inspiration is important, but it’s also not always possible to follow a recipe exactly. If you’re looking for meal inspiration with Giant Food but don’t have a lot of time or desire to sift through websites in search of new recipes to try, try taking a page out of an executive chef’s cookbook by cooking without recipes. Many chefs cook by feel or base ingredients instead of strict measurements. Sure, they could pull out their phone and Google what they need to put together some sort of delicious meal, but why bother when there are countless ingredients in your kitchen that will work just as well?
Saving Money while Cooking at Home
To save time and money while cooking at home, there are a few important ideas. Thinking about these before you start meal prepping will help you save yourself time and money, as well as provide you with a healthy and cost-effective experience. First things first: purchase ingredients that have long shelf lives so that they are readily available when meal time comes around. Next, make sure to plan your meals in advance to avoid wasting food or buying more than you need. And finally, make sure to do all of your meal prep on one day each week to avoid having to spend extra time meal prepping every night or morning for work or school. These tips will help you save time and money by planning ahead and saving some of your precious free time for other activities like relaxing with friends or family.
How to Make your own Staples
Sometimes, it is not worth it to make staples such as peanut butter or mayonnaise because it is so easy to buy. However, if you have the time (and an appetite for savings), making staples at home is an economical way to get exactly what you want. A plethora of how-to recipes can be found to brighten up what can otherwise be a mundane dish. For example, goodbye to tasteless oatmeal once and for all with these yummy DIY recipes. So what will happen is you will get to experiment with different types of oatmeal and make each morning great—and just got better from there. With Giant Food’s meal inspiration, you can find lots of ways to prepare staple foods like breads and oats.
This is also true when it comes to lunch ideas. Whether your style is more sandwiches or salads, our new lunch suggestions will show you that anything goes when creating a quick meal. We know that sometimes life gets in the way and makes getting healthy meals on time hard. But thanks to Giant’s assortment of ready-made meals we are helping consumers get back on track by offering a wide variety of options that fit any diet and budget – now easier than ever before! Our motto here at Giant Foods is Save Time Save Money Find Meal Inspiration and we truly mean it!