Grocery shopping in New York city is never a particularly easy experience, and that errand becomes 10 times more stressful when only allotted $22 for five days of groceries – the average food budget for the more than 43 million individuals sticking to a SNAP budget day after day and week after week. Eating well on this budget can require visiting several grocery stores to find the best deals, and you can forget about shopping at the local bodega – where prices tend to be largely inflated. That said, we’re here with a few tips to help start you off on the right foot.
- Shop Seasonally. By honing in on produce that is in season, you can make sure you’re getting the best prices as well as the freshest fruits and vegetables.
- Fill Up on Frozen Veggies. For those vegetables and fruits that aren’t in season, head to the frozen section, where you can find cheaper options that still offer huge nutritional value.
- Buy in Bulk. When budget and space allow, try to buy big-ticket items like olive oil, meat and spices when the are on sales. For meat, it is almost always cheaper to buy in larger quantities, so when you’re feeling flush stock up on meat, and pack away in your freezer until you’re ready to use.
- Stock up on Cans. From chickpeas to black beans, don’t undervalue the power of a can of legumes. A budget-friendly way to pack protein into your diet, make room for beans in your pantry.
Hope these tips help you as your make your way through the week, and make sure to tag your grocery store pics and and shopping tips with #SNAP4FoodJustice!