In the beginning of the year, we learned that the cost of grocery shopping would increase in 2020 of $ 487 average for a family of four people. The health crisis has significantly increased food insecurity so well that, for many, eating well with a limited budget is a challenge every day. My tips for eating well at a low price !
1. Learn to plan
You wish to limit visits to the grocery store as much as possible, because shopping can be anxiety-provoking. With only one visit per week, or even less, we do not have the choice to plan our purchases. Take the time to take stock of what you have left at home to avoid waste. Find economic recipes and write your shopping list according to the aisles of the grocery store. As there is a route to be followed, it must be doubly organized, not turning back if you forgot something. The grocery list detailed becomes unavoidable. Stick to the essentials !
2. Take advantage of the discounts and promotions
Not only is it a good idea to draw discounts to plan his menus, but also to ensure that the provisions of the promotional products that we consume regularly (for example, our breakfast cereal favorite, cans of tuna or beans, frozen fruit, pasta, etc). The discounts are often particularly interesting in the field of food more expensive as the animal protein. When the chicken breasts are in promotion, you can not only put on the menu this week, but also buy more and freeze it at home for future use.
3. Turn to house brands
Contrary to what many people believe, house brands (Compliments, President’s Choice, Irresistible…) are not sub-brands. The products of this range are often manufactured in the same factories or by the same companies as national brands. The consumer can therefore be considered, in many cases, the house brands as savings opportunities for products of equivalent quality.
4. Limited to small formats
Smaller formats are always more expensive. For example, it costs less to buy a bag of oats (which makes about 30 servings) and a box of 10 individual sachets. Not only the smaller sizes are more expensive per gram compared to the large formats, but they are not very environmentally friendly. It is therefore advantageous to opt for large formats.
5. Promote plant-based proteins
Tofu and legumes prevail when we think of protein, economical and ecological. We are particularly impressed by the dry legumes that provide a good performance. They are super handy for soups and stews. You can also cook with TVP (vegetable protein, textured) which is inexpensive and replaces the ground beef in several culinary preparations.
6. Prioritize the products of the season
The season of the vegetable will be launched shortly. Eat vegetables in season saves, but especially encourage our producers who have a particularly difficult year with the lack of labour in the fields. Potatoes, cabbage, turnips, apples are still produced by inexpensive that it pays to integrate with our current purchases. To follow the calendar of consignments, please visit the site www.mangezquebec.com.
7. Make substitutions of winning
Some of the ingredients are expensive. We can, in most recipes, substitute them with other ingredients.
A few examples :
- Pine nut > walnuts : once chopped, walnuts are the size of small pine nuts
- Orange juice 100 % pure fresh (e.g. : Tropicana) > orange juice 100 % pure frozen concentrate
- Fresh salmon > a canned salmon
- Minced meat > PVT
- Fresh fruit > frozen fruit
8. Avoid foods that have undergone a transformation
Carrots already grated, shredded cheese, lettuce already washed, every manipulation that foods undergo before landing in our kitchen, we are charged ! You have the time ? Grate your cheese, prepare your meats, prepare your own salad cabbage, etc
Since the containment, the Québécois are cooking more than ever and so much the better, because the consumption of processed food trade is lower. You save a lot of money by cooking. Moreover, the supermarkets have seen growth in sales of basic ingredients (flour, sugar, yeast), testifying to the renewed interest of consumers for the kitchen. It is definitely a good not to save !
10. Use the leftovers
Do not throw anything away, overripe fruit to make delicious smoothies, use vegetables faded into soups, freeze the leftovers. Waste is expensive !
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The Breakfast Club is launching an emergency fund
No longer able to serve 32 000 children were receiving breakfast through the program, the breakfast Club has launched, thanks to the valuable support of partners, including Danone and Goodfood, an emergency fund in order to collect $ 5 million to help families in need. Already a number of funds have been allocated to organizations serving communities at risk of food insecurity. You want to make a donation or apply for a grant ? Visit the site : clubdejeuner.org.