There's no getting around this--we need water to survive. It cannot be argued. We are slaves to plastic and yet, we all still load cases of water into our cars weekly.
Many of us have fantastic drinking water, so just use a reusable bottle instead--you’re already paying for water with your utilities.
Ice Cream in Pints
Summer’s coming up, and that means ice cream consumption will be on the rise. If you’re buying those little pint-size cartons because of temptation, skip it in favor of the half gallons.
Otherwise, you’re paying so much extra when you can get the half gallon for less per serving. Also, treat yourself-- because you’ve wethered a pandemic, good ice cream is a must.
One thing that’s become apparent during 2020 is that we all spend a little more time at home, which requires some additional attention to cleaning.
Exactly how many cleaning supplies do you have in your home? You might find that you can cut that list in half by using the same product for multiple places in your home.
Everyone likes fresh chips, cookies, or other snacks. Instead of buying the single serving kind, pick up the larger packs instead.
You can make your own individual servings from a large bag while you monitor your intake and make better choices. Bonus: you won’t have to yell at anyone for letting the whole bag go stale.
Our daily lives depend on batteries. Unless it’s an emergency, stock up on them at your mass market retailer or local battery store.
They’ll have better prices and variety, as well as larger quantities. This will not only save you money but also time and frustration when the remote control batteries run out right before Bridgerton.
Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches
The packaged breakfast industry has come a long way in the past 20 years. Gone are the cardboard pancakes--they’re making everything from sous vide egg bites to hearty breakfast bowls.
However, In the time it takes to reheat them, you can whip up an egg with some avocado toast for a truly better taste and skip all the preservatives.
Most Americans don't get enough fruits or vegetables in their diet. But instead of buying pre-packaged portions, take a chance on the whole vegetable or fruit.
There’s something rewarding in the cooking process about preparation. It gives you time to think over your meal and inspires your creativity. And chances are, you’ll eat more of both this way.
Personal connection is so important, especially if you can’t be there to say it yourself. Greeting cards have always done some pretty heavy lifting for us.
You can find better deals on greeting cards at your local dollar store or even chain card store (with rewards). You will only pay full price at the grocery store.
Pre-Packaged Deli Meat
Deli departments have finally gotten hip to the Oscar Mayers of the world and now stock prepackaged cuts.
Let the deli customize your cuts instead--you likely don’t use the quantities they’re selling in pre-packaged form. Get the fresh cuts you like in the quantity and style you like. Your rumbly tummy will thank you.
Magazines are almost obsolete since you see the latest scoop on your phone and social media accounts. If you’re a real fan of a magazine, become a subscriber to their website and let them send you the information digitally.
It's every bit as good as the paper version, and you’ll always be in the know.
Bottled Tea or Coffee
Out of Season Produce
Most people are particular about their kitchen equipment and tools. Instead of settling for whatever the grocery store has, go online or to a specialty store and purchase exactly what you need and want.
You’ll find better options elsewhere that are cheaper and better quality than you’ll find at the supermarket.
We all love and cook with cheese, so those handy packages full of shredded cheese makes it so easy. Here’s a little-known fact about shredded cheese, though: it has additives that make it harder to melt.
Buying a block of cheese and shredding it yourself will ensure the consistency you’re looking for along with the flavor.
Household pet ownership has risen significantly in the last few years. With the advent of large pet store chains, it's easier than ever to keep your furry/scaly/fuzzy pets happy with better quality food that you can find there
Grocery stores are limited in what they carry and how stock is rotated. Your pet deserves the best, and specialized stores will have it. Bonus--your pets are welcome to shop with you.
Unless you’re hitting up a Trader Joe’s, head to your locally owned liquor store for your favorite IPA or wine.
These folks know spirits, and their small businesses go to great lengths to provide everything you could ever think about. You’ll find better selection, better prices, and great recommendations.
Small Cuts of Meat
Hear me out on this one. You can get better stew meat, stir fry, or tenders if you buy the large portions of meat and cut them yourself.
You’ll take more care in butchering your own meat and feel good about what you’re serving--instead of purchasing pre-packaged then ‘trimming’ it yourself when you get home.
Any kid will tell you that the toys in cereals these days aren’t worth anything. My kids swear by this one tip--the store brand cereal tastes better in most circumstances than the name brand.
Also, 75% of the time, they’re cheaper and better packaged.
A warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold day always hits the spot. Control the portion, sugar, and additives in your house by purchasing the quick cook oats instead of pre-packaged flavors.
Let your family take charge of their flavors with pantry items like brown sugar, peanut butter, natural honey, or even chocolate chips.
Broth or Stock
We all love the convenience of boxed broth--it's so easy to grab and pour into your recipe. Packaged stock is also full of additives and salt.
Making your own is always preferable, and you can store it in the freezer in bags. And if you have an Instapot, making stock from meat or veggies is a breeze.
Salad Bar Items
The hot bar, olive bar, or salad bar at the grocery store has items that have been sitting all day. Purchase items either from the condiment aisle (those stuffed olives are amazing), or pick up some things for a fresh salad.
You don’t want food that’s been sitting all day for everyone to breathe on.
Instead of taking home those canned or frozen pastas, head to the center aisle for the real pasta
The regular versions take roughly 6-9 minutes to cook in hot water and will be so much tastier. They run about $1 a package, which makes them economical and you can choose your fun shape.