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A Pro Chef Is Sharing Grocery Store Tips And Tricks Everyone Should Know

Save this for your next supermarket trip.

You ever find yourself in the supermarket — wandering up and down the aisles while listening to what can only be described as grocery store music — and realize you don't really know what to buy?

Well, you're in luck! Redditor u/aichliss, a professional chef, recently shared the tricks that they believe anyone should know when they buy food — especially if you're trying to keep things affordable and good for you.

Below you'll find several useful tips and takeaways — plus more info on how to actually start incorporating them into your shopping and cooking routines.

1. Legumes — like beans, lentils, and chickpeas — are seriously underrated. (And always worth buying!)

A bowl of bean soup

2. When buying canned tomatoes, get them with as little added salt and sugar as possible.

A human hand peels back the lif of canned tomatoes

3. When it comes to the best-bang-for-your-buck "fill me up" food, it's hard to beat rice.

A bowl of white rice

4. Barley — which is high in protein and iron — is a great way to quickly improve your nutrient intake for very little cost.

Barley in a mesh strainer

5. Remember that "superfoods" often have a (super) high price tag — and you can usually re-create the nutrition in other ways for less money.

6. Store potatoes in dry and enclosed spaces.

Raw potatoes in a crate

7. And do the same with fresh onions.

Purple onions chopped on a cutting board next to a knife, mint, and mushrooms

8. Flour is an essential staple (unless you have dietary restrictions), so always keep a bag of the all-purpose kind on hand.

9. Buy fruit and vegetables seasonally for the best value, and preserve them in bulk if you have the time.

A list of everything in season in December

10. When purchasing produce, browse your supermarket's discount rack first, the sales rack second, and then everything else after.

11. Always look for the bin of underappreciated and oversupplied produce — whether they're "ugly" produce, forgotten produce, or oversupplied produce from a good harvest.

A deformed pear relative to the classically shaped fruit

12. Pick the least-processed meat cuts available. If you get the raw product and freeze it yourself, you may also save some money.

Raw cuts of meat on a plate next to a butcher's knife

13. Get the whole chicken and meats that are still on the bone. Then learn how to break down your proteins to be more economical.

14. Be conscious when buying seafood, and buy fresh fish when you can.

A cooked whole fish lays on its side next to a slice of lemon and some seasoning

15. If you have the time and resources, don't rely on premade foods — like salad dressings or TV dinners. Try making them yourself.

16. Make your own coffee! If you don't want to be bothered in the mornings, make some cold brew the night before.

17. And lastly, to make the most of all of these tips, learn how to store your food and stretch your groceries.

What tips do you always follow when you're buying food? Share below!