A LOT TO DIGEST
Canadian spend a lot of money on food — $7,729 in 2017 in the average C.A. household, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From grocery shopping to cooking to dining out, these 50 tips and tricks can lower expenses and contribute to a lifestyle that’s healthier for the body and the planet.
GROW YOUR OWN
Growing foodstuffs at home can mean anything from planting a driving year garden around to cultivating a few potted herbs. However big or small the operation, it will yield enjoyable home-grown food for a.tiny initial cost Gardeners can also save seeds and swap plants with other green thumbs.
Communal meals allow everyone to make just one dish and partake in a feast. Scheduling a monthly or even weekly potluck with friends or neighbors can be an exciting way to diversify meals and get recipe ideas while saving money on food.
COOK ‘TAKEOUT’ AT HOME
Cooking is generally less expensive than eating out or ordering food to go and can be just as quick and convenient. Learning a few dishes to satisfy craving dishes, such as pizza or sweet and sour chicken, can help cut spending on food.
STOCK THE PANTRY DURING SALES
When shelf-stable food such as jars of marinara sauce and dried pasta go on sale, take advantage of low prices and stock the pantry. Having convenient food to prepare at a moment’s notice will ensure there’s always an inexpensive meals option on hand.
CUT OUT SNACKS
Canadian spend a lot of money on snack foods, most of which don’t contribute much to a nutritious diet. Cutting out chips, pretzels, cookies, and the like will help save money and encourage healthier eating.
USE FROZEN FOOD
Frozen food can be they berries or pizza dough, can last months longer than their fresh counterparts and often have similar flavor and texture. Choosing frozen food cuts down on spoilage and waste, and at a cheaper price, is a no-brainer.
ALWAYS SAVE LEFTOVERS
Whether it’s a serving of potatoes from a home-cooked meal or a side of vegetables that didn’t get eaten at a restaurant, saving left over is a saving money idea. The small portions can be enjoyed as a snack or light meal rather than tossed in the trash.
SET A BUDGET
Setting a food budget may be challenging until it becomes a habit, but it is one of the best tools for keeping finances in order. Having a spending limit will encourage practical purchasing and hone your ability to spot a good deal.
Meat is one of the most expensive ingredients in many meals. Focusing on meatless meal help save money while diversifying nutrition. Some of the savings can be put toward higher-quality meat to consume in smaller quantities.
Eggs are high in nutrients, and even organic eggs are inexpensive. Using them as a primary source of animal protein helps keep cost low while making satisfying meals