Get the most for your budget. There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat. The three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars.
- Convenience Costs Go Back to the Basics – Convenience foods like frozen dinners, pre-cut vegetables, and instant rice, oatmeal, or grits will cost you more than if you were to make them from scratch yourself. Take the time to prepare your own and save.
- Easy of Your Wallet – Certain foods are typically low cost options all year round. Try beans for a less expensive protein food. For vegetables, buy carrots, greens, or potatoes. Ad for fruits, apples and bananas are good choices.
- Cook Once, Eat All Week – Prepare a large batch of favourite recipes on your day off (double or tripe the recipe). Freeze in individual containers. Use them throughout the week and you won’t have to spend money on take-out meals.
- Get Your Creative Juices Flowing – Spice up your leftovers, use them in new ways. For example, try leftover chicken in a stir-fry or over a garden salad, or to make chicken chilli. Remember, throwing away food is throwing away your money.
- Eating Out – Restaurants can be expensive. Save money by getting the early bird special, going out for lunch instead of dinner, or looking for “2 for 1” deals. Stick to water instead of ordering other beverages, which add to the bill.