For the better part of this week, Kenyans have used social media to protest the rising cost of food and groceries.
Food prices in the country have tripled in less than 5 years and Kenyans, especially in Nairobi, are finding it hard to get by.
As we wait for the government to solve the issue, here are 6 ways Kenyans can spend less on food.
- Cook instead of ordering/ eatouts
Preparing food at home is one of the best ways to save money. Eating out in restaurants or ordering using mobile apps is very expensive especially if you have a large family.
Always ensure you prepare your own meals.
- Set a budget and create a grocery list
Create a budget so you know exactly how much you can spend on groceries each week, or however often you prefer to shop. Then stick to it by making a detailed grocery list of any food or household items your family may need.
If you visit the grocery store without a plan, you’ll likely buy a lot more than you need and potentially more than you can responsibly afford.
- Buy in bulk
Instead of buying foodstuffs every time you want to prepare a meal, plan on buying at the beginning of the month and doing it bulk. Getting things in bulk might cost more upfront but is cheaper in the long run. So instead of buying a kg of rice every time you want to cook, work on buying maybe 10K that will last your 3 or 4 months.
- Shop at wholesales instead of supermakrtes
Supermarkets are expensive. Point blank. That same Kg of sugar you are getting from the supermarket is perhaps 5 or 10 shillings cheaper in a wholesale shop. When doing your monthly shopping, wholesale shops will go a long way in saving your money since their prices are relatively fair.
- Embrace eating leftovers
Leftovers are meals that keep on giving. Instead of tossing out your leftover food from dinner, plan to use it for your lunch the next day.
Or get creative and make a new meal for dinner using just leftovers. You can dress up leftovers by adding different spices or reheating them in the oven or an air fryer instead of using a microwave.
- Don’t shop while you are hungry
If you shop on an empty stomach, you’re likely to buy far more than you need. The food and smells will get your taste buds tingling and you’ll end up putting too much in your trolley.
A research team led by Alison Jing Xu of the University of Minnesota reports that hunger “is likely to activate general concepts and behavioural knowledge associated with acquisition,” making one more likely to purchase even non-food products.