7 astuces pour réduire le budget de l’épicerieOctober 1, 2020

7 Tips for Reducing Your Grocery Bill

According to the 2020 annual Food Price Report on food costs in Canada, presented by Dalhousie and Guelph universities, the global cost of groceries has seen a rise of 4%. With the presence of the Coronavirus pandemic and its economic repercussions reaching worldwide, many have faced job loss or a significant cut in salary.

How can you assure the stability of feeding your family and reduce your grocery bill? Here are seven ways to do so that are not only easy but practical too.

Consult Weekly Flyers when Making Your Grocery List

The first step in reducing your grocery bills is to consistently consult your local flyers to create your weekly menu, taking advantage of the sales. When any staples are on sale, make the most of it and stock up on a few weeks' worth. Non-perishable items are easily stored, so long as you have space. For perishable items, only stock up if you can freeze them or conserve them. While purchasing in bulk may initially increase your bill, it will save you money in the long run. For example, taking advantage of a sale on a high-quality cut of meat will allow you to benefit regardless of whether prices skyrocket in the coming months. 

Never Shop for Groceries on an Empty Stomach

This tip is the easiest to follow, and it's also one of the most effective. Shopping for food while hungry, not only makes food more enticing but makes it almost impossible to curb impulsive buys. On the contrary, if you make sure you've eaten before shopping, your brain will kick into action, and you will be less likely to pile your cart high with items that are not on your list.

Make Use of Price Comparison Apps

Going through individual paper flyers can be tedious. Using comparison apps like Reebee make shopping the best deals a breeze. These apps help you create your grocery list, compare prices and save time when it comes to price matching at the checkout.

Opt for Generic Products to Save More

While you may be used to buying name brand products like Kraft, Aylmer and others, many generic brands have upped their game while keeping their prices low. While name brands are often listed in favourite recipes, they can easily be replaced. Make it a habit to try generic versions of your staples, and you may be surprised by how much you prefer their taste and quality.

Discover Tips for Saving on the Cost of Meat

It's a simple fact of life; meat is among the most expensive categories when it comes to our grocery bills and individual cost of meals. Rather than buy boneless chicken breasts, opt for an entire chicken. Not only will this significantly reduce the price of the chicken breast, but you will also end up with the other cuts and the carcass for making broth, and usually for less. You literally get more for your money.

If you are in the habit of visiting the butchers for your meat, ask for the tougher cuts of meat, often less in demand, and ask to have them pass it through the tenderizer for you. This gets you tender cuts of quality meat for less.

You can also try using less meat in your meals, substituting the bulk of the called for meat with vegetables or legumes. Consuming less meat will cut on your grocery bill and is also much healthier for us, as we are used to consuming more than our body actually requires in a meal. 

Don't Let Your Food Go to Waste

We all know that the bulk of our fresh produce can wilt and rot in the blink of an eye. Stay on top of them, making soups or freezing cut up quantities before you have to toss them in the bin. Stale bread can be made into croutons or breadcrumbs. Make it a habit to eat your leftovers before cooking something new.

Prep and Freeze

An excellent way to save on the grocery bill - and your energy on days where you are stretched thin - is to cook in large quantities. Divide your large batches into individual servings, or meals, and freeze them for future use. Then you can just set them out to thaw as you need.

Healthline offers excellent suggestions for eating well for less, with practical tips to avoid food waste and save on your grocery bill. 

Be Vigilant in Finding the Best Price

Is the lowest ticket price the best price? Consider the price per weight and volume before buying. Often, larger quantities are less expensive than the combined equivalent of smaller portions.

Get familiar with pricing. While some grocery stores may offer an item on sale at $3, it may be regularly priced at $2.97 in larger stores such as Walmart or Giant Tiger.

Revise Your Spending Habits to Save on Groceries

Aside from shopping deals, you can reduce your food bill by revisiting the way you shop and cook. This is not an overnight process. However, with careful planning and determination, it is a sure-fire way to eat well, for less. 

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