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How I Eat Well On A Budget In One Of The Most Expensive Places In The US

posted in Food & Drink
03/29/2015
  • Kodiak Island is located in the Gulf of Alaska. Access to the mainland is by boat or plane. We enjoy beautiful scenery and wildlife, but also deal with the reality of higher prices on just about everything, especially food. Here are some insider tips on how to eat well without breaking your budget.
    Kodiak Island is located in the Gulf of Alaska. Access to the mainland is by boat or plane. We enjoy beautiful scenery and wildlife, but also deal with the reality of higher prices on just about everything, especially food. Here are some insider tips on how to eat well without breaking your budget.
  • Yup, that's right. Very few of us have oodles of money to burn, and we want to get every last bit of mileage we can from the money we worked so hard for. Plan out exactly how much you can afford to spend on food each week, every paycheck, every month, whatever works best for you.
    Yup, that's right. Very few of us have oodles of money to burn, and we want to get every last bit of mileage we can from the money we worked so hard for. Plan out exactly how much you can afford to spend on food each week, every paycheck, every month, whatever works best for you.
  • There are two major stores in Kodiak where most people buy food. Each has advantages, drawbacks and unique products.

  • Safeway has a wide grocery selection, including many specialty items. It also features a bakery, produce section, hot deli and Starbucks coffee shop. In general, prices are higher here, but there are ways around paying full price for anything at Safeway.
    Safeway has a wide grocery selection, including many specialty items. It also features a bakery, produce section, hot deli and Starbucks coffee shop. In general, prices are higher here, but there are ways around paying full price for anything at Safeway.
  • First off, you absolutely MUST get a Safeway Club Card. This alone will save you 20 to 50 percent on most items. If you do nothing else, this is the easiest way to save money. Getting a card, though, gives you access to a few other programs that are worth considering.
    First off, you absolutely MUST get a Safeway Club Card. This alone will save you 20 to 50 percent on most items. If you do nothing else, this is the easiest way to save money. Getting a card, though, gives you access to a few other programs that are worth considering.
  • Every Friday, there is a selection of items that are on sale for only $5 (or multiple items, say 3/$5.) These prices are only available with your Club Card. Beware of buying items just because they're on sale, as these can add up and blow your budget. But if it's on your list, go for it!
    Every Friday, there is a selection of items that are on sale for only $5 (or multiple items, say 3/$5.) These prices are only available with your Club Card. Beware of buying items just because they're on sale, as these can add up and blow your budget. But if it's on your list, go for it!
  • Just 4 U is a program that gives you even deeper discounts and special coupons. You need to have a Club Card to participate. Each week new deals are added, with the occasional free item thrown in (no purchase necessary to claim the freebie!) I like the ability to preload the deals to my card.
    Just 4 U is a program that gives you even deeper discounts and special coupons. You need to have a Club Card to participate. Each week new deals are added, with the occasional free item thrown in (no purchase necessary to claim the freebie!) I like the ability to preload the deals to my card.
  • Nearly every grocery store is laid out with the dairy, produce and fresh meats on the edges or at the back of the store, and the processed and packaged items in the aisles. Shop along the edges for the least processed selection.
    Nearly every grocery store is laid out with the dairy, produce and fresh meats on the edges or at the back of the store, and the processed and packaged items in the aisles. Shop along the edges for the least processed selection.
  • Canned and frozen fruits and veggies are a good alternative if the fresh selection doesn't look so good, or if you're shopping in bulk. Look for vegetables canned in water and fruits canned in their own juice, rather than sugary syrups or fatty oils.
    Canned and frozen fruits and veggies are a good alternative if the fresh selection doesn't look so good, or if you're shopping in bulk. Look for vegetables canned in water and fruits canned in their own juice, rather than sugary syrups or fatty oils.
  • Safeway (and most other stores on the island) get their freight on Tuesdays. Plan your shopping around this schedule for the best and freshest selection.
    Safeway (and most other stores on the island) get their freight on Tuesdays. Plan your shopping around this schedule for the best and freshest selection.
  • Walmart, just down the street from Safeway, doesn't have a produce section, but it does offer a variety of snack foods at prices that are usually lower than Safeway. You can also find apples, celery and other basic vegetables for low prices as well.
    Walmart, just down the street from Safeway, doesn't have a produce section, but it does offer a variety of snack foods at prices that are usually lower than Safeway. You can also find apples, celery and other basic vegetables for low prices as well.
  • Coupons are a lifesaver when it comes to buying snack foods. Certain items on sale with a coupon can be cheaper than the store brand (pay attention to package sizes to be sure you're really getting the best deal!) Walmart also accepts dollars-off coupons from competitors.
    Coupons are a lifesaver when it comes to buying snack foods. Certain items on sale with a coupon can be cheaper than the store brand (pay attention to package sizes to be sure you're really getting the best deal!) Walmart also accepts dollars-off coupons from competitors.
  • Walmart has a relatively new program called Savings Catcher, where it looks for lower prices at nearby stores and refunds you the difference. In Kodiak, this probably won't be of much use to you, since Walmart usually will have the lower price and there isn't a lot of competition.
    Walmart has a relatively new program called Savings Catcher, where it looks for lower prices at nearby stores and refunds you the difference. In Kodiak, this probably won't be of much use to you, since Walmart usually will have the lower price and there isn't a lot of competition.
  • Keep snacks in the car or in your bag so you have something to eat when you're out. This will satisfy you more than an overpriced trip to the drive-thru.
    Keep snacks in the car or in your bag so you have something to eat when you're out. This will satisfy you more than an overpriced trip to the drive-thru.
  • Learn to prepare meals around in-season and local foods, including the plentiful salmon.
    Learn to prepare meals around in-season and local foods, including the plentiful salmon.

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