3. Eat Less Meat
This might be kind of a no-brainer, but meat costs more than vegetables or beans—and has a higher environmental impact—so creating meatless meals during the week can help your bottom line and your carbon footprint. An added bonus: you won’t have to remember to take that chicken, beef, or pork out of the fridge before work, and then get stuck with take-out on the days you forget.
Potential savings: $2-$4 per pound for buying one pound of veggies vs. one pound of meat
4. Support Your Neighborhood
Choosing local, seasonal foods at your grocery store can help you save, since you aren’t paying the transportation costs to get those bananas to Michigan in January. But take it one step further in the summer and join a CSA: for a one-time cost, you’ll get fresh fruit and veggies from your local farmers in your kitchen every week. The quality will be better than what you’d get at the supermarket, the variety will inspire you to try new dishes—and the CSA products are already organic, so you’re really just spending the money you’ve already allocated.
Potential savings: One study showed that CSA members saved as much as $50 over the cost of similar items at the grocery store—and though it will vary based on how willing you are to try new veggies, the benefits of supporting your local economy can’t be beat.