(NC) Sometimes healthy eating gets a bad rap for
being expensive. But that doesn’t have to be the case. By following a
few simple tips, you and your family can eat well and save money.
Try setting a budget for groceries, either for each week or for every
month. Then track your spending and see where you can make some tweaks.
Planning your meals around foods that are on sale is another smart
way to shave a few dollars off your grocery bill. Flip through flyers,
collect coupons and browse websites to take advantage of price savings.
Stocking up on sale items that your family frequently uses is also a
good idea. This is especially true for canned foods and dry staples like
pasta, brown rice, dried peas, beans and lentils.
Shop at discount grocery stores for extra savings. Making and
sticking to your grocery list is one of the best ways to prevent impulse
buys. Buying what your family will actually eat saves money and will
also help cut down on food waste.
Comparing prices is a smart money-saving strategy. Some stores will
even match a competitor’s lower price. Go for lower-cost brands of
oatmeal, peanut butter, yogurt and canned fish. Sometimes the
lower-priced brands are on higher or lower shelves.
Buying foods in bulk or larger containers rather than single-serve
portions will reduce your grocery bill. For example, a large tub of
yogurt is cheaper than individual cups. The same goes for unseasoned
meat compared to pre-seasoned meat. Other price-chopping tips include
buying foods that are close to their best-before date. The same applies
for bruised vegetables and fruit that may look odd but are perfectly
tasty and nutritious.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are generally cheaper when they’re in
season. In the off season, frozen fruits and vegetables can be less
expensive and just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts. Also,
eating plant-based proteins more often will help keep costs in check.
These include chickpeas, dried beans, peas and lentils. Enjoy them on
their own or add them to meat-based dishes to make your meal go further.
Limit highly processed foods, such as ready-to-heat packaged meals,
cookies, processed meats, and sweetened breakfast cereals. These foods
add to your grocery bill and tend to be higher in sodium, sugars and
Find more information and subscribe to Canada’s food guide at canada.ca/foodguide.