Eat healthy: cheaper than you think!
Eating healthy is expensive !!! I won't tell you the opposite, especially with small mouths to feed in addition to those of the larger ones. According to financial planners, food should amount to between 5% to 15% of our income. Have you ever done the exercise of budgeting your monthly food budget (including restaurants, convenience stores, alcohol, etc.)?
Here are some tips that will help you reduce your weekly grocery bill, save money.
Prepare a healthy menu for the week
Before you go shopping, take a few minutes to watch the specials, and make a shopping list made from the weekly specials. And why not focus on ingredients that you can reuse in more than one meal (example: tacos one evening, and tacos ingredients to reuse in a salad for lunch))
Also, everyone now knows that some banners offer to match the price of items on special with the main competitors, when they are presented (either on paper flyer or on your cell phone application). Why not that greatly reduces an invoice..
Cook in larger quantities
Yes, the famous lunches. Whether it is for school in thermos, or as a midday meal, surplus suppers can easily be eaten for lunch.
Or, the surplus can often be incorporated into another recipe, saving time and money!
Do grocery shopping once a week and not every day
Rather than picking up what you need every day, go only once! By going there every day, the chances of catching tempting items greatly increase!
Go to the grocery store with a full stomach
On a related note, leaving with your list and on a full stomach will decrease the chances of last minute temptations too!
Eat in season
It’s a low concept in economics, the law of supply and demand. The larger the offer, the lower the prices. Pay attention to which vegetables are in season, they will be less expensive and so much better to taste!
Replace a few meat meals with vegetarian
We all know that meat is expensive. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of prejudice against vegetarian meals. However, they are to be discovered.
Beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh - all low cost, nutritious options. You will give me news of a good chili in the fall, or a Tempeh Dragon Bowl.
Good thing to know, dry beans are a fraction of the price of canned beans. They only need to be soaked for 12 hours and rinsed before use. Lentils can be used without pre-soaking.
Favor bulk groceries
On the one hand, bulk is generally less expensive. Then you can choose the desired amount depending on what is needed.
Many newer small local grocery stores offer this option. You bring your mason jars, and you fill them on the spot. You support local, you save a lot of money, while reducing your ecological footprint.
Cooking on a budget are the two key words. Discipline and fun..
It’s clear that it takes some discipline to cook on a budget. A little more effort, but it pays off in the end.
Pleasure Yes, pleasure. Pleasure to cook new economic recipes, and to taste them. And BIG pleasure to see the accomplishment. In the end, your wallet will thank you!!
Article written by Audrée Hogue