8 ways to save on your groceries
If you’re planning your family budget for the coming year, you should know that you’ll need to factor in approximately $400 more for groceries. Nearly all food categories are set to see an increase in price this year, with the exception of meat, fish and seafood, according to the 2019 Canada Food Price Report. To better deal with this substantial increase, here are a few tricks to help you save when shopping for groceries.
1. Prepare a list
To save, you must properly calculate how much you will spend on groceries. Prepare your list carefully and stay on budget. You can also withdraw cash before you do your groceries to stay on budget.
2. Be strategic
There are apps dedicated to discounts and cashbacks such as Reebee, Flipp or Snap. Certain websites such as ca (French only) or circulars.ca gather all eligible circulars in one place. They are essential tools to help you compare prices between supermarkets.
3. Shop for foods that are in season
Indulging in strawberries in January may be nice, but they’re expensive. Reduce your consumption of imported fruits and vegetables and adapt your diet to the seasons.
4. Avoid prepared meals
They may be practical, but your grocery bill will skyrocket if you continue to regularly consume prepared meals. If you’re short on time, try a few simple and easy-to-make recipes at home.
5. Replace certain foods with others
Be creative with your recipes and replace more expensive items by more affordable ingredients such as tofu, legumes or ground pork.
6. Opt for the house brands
House brands are often significantly cheaper compared to the popular name brands. In certain cases, there is little to no difference between the two. Try these products to discover the ones you like most.
7. Waste not, want not
Sometimes it may be preferable to buy frozen fruits and vegetables so the food in your refrigerator doesn’t spoil. This way you won’t be throwing your money into the garbage.
8. Buy local
Support your local producers and visit public markets and small merchants. They usually offer competitive prices compared to the large supermarkets.
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