Purchasing foods need to be planned. Considering first your present situation like time, budget and storage space would greatly help in planning.
Below are lists of the food purchasing tips that might be helpful in your marketing strategy.
- With enough storage space, marketing (wet market) can be done 2 to 3 times a week and grocery shopping once a week or even once every 2 weeks.
- For perishable goods or those which spoil easily, buy only enough for the week.
- Before buying, try to canvass for cheaper prices without sacrifing quality.
- Buy in places where you are sure of the quality and the prices of the goods.
- If meat, fish and poultry are to be used at once buy the freshest possible. If they are not to be used for several days, frozen or chilled ones can be bought and stored properly.
- If fruits are to be eaten at once, ripe ones should be bought, if not then buy unripe ones and let these ripen in the proper storage area.
- Don't buy leafy vegetables if not to be used soon. Without proper storage they may wilt and spoil.
- Buy foods which are in season because they are cheaper. Buy only how much the family can consume.
- It is cheaper to buy by weight than per piece but be sure you know approximately how many pieces there are in a kilo to ensure that you get your money's worth.
- Be aware of malpractices in the market especially with regards to weighing and buying in bulk.
- Before buying, consider the availability of storage space to avoid waste and spoilage.