We all like to find ways to make our paydays stretch further. How about some tips on making our groceries go a little further too?
Here’s a few tips I’ve recently come across that may help:
- beet greens can make a great spinach or kale substitute
- chicken bones or beef bones are cheap to purchase and great for homemade broths
- Use your vegetable trimmings for soups and stews
- Leek greens are often tossed away but can be delicious if cooked a little longer. (Try them in with mac and cheese.)
- Mushroom stems are great when chopped and used in dishes.
Here’s a few other tips to keep in mind when shopping:
1. Shop the Periphery
Concentrate your shopping in the periphery of the grocery store – this is where you’ll find all the healthy essentials like meat, fresh produce, dairy and bread. The more superfluous products are found in the centre aisles.
2. Buy Value-cuts of Meat
Slow-cooking and marinating are great ways to tenderize value-cuts of meat and produce flavourful, nutritious dishes. Try it with value priced cuts of Canadian beef such as Blade Simmering Steak or Sirloin Tip Marinating Steak.
3. Buy Fruits and Veggies that are in Season
Seasonal produce is not only more flavour but it’s also less expensive. Look for Canadian-grown cabbage, carrots and asparagus in the spring or year-round favourites such as mushrooms, peppers and cucumbers. You can also buy in bulk and freeze.
4. Buy in Bulk
Many dry goods like oats, nuts, pasta, dried fruit, spices, flour, sugar and cereals are less expensive when bought in bulk. Buying Club Pack meats like ground beef and salmon provide great value and ensure you always have a supply of high quality protein. You can also freeze individual servings in resealable freezer bags.
5. Search High and Low
The least expensive products are often located at the top and at the bottom of the shelves, whereas the most expensive products are placed at eye level.
6. Check your Bill
It’s a good idea to watch each item as it’s scanned through to ensure you’re charged the correct price – especially when using coupons!
7. Store your Groceries Properly to Avoid Waste
Store meats, fish and dairy products at the back of your fridge where it’s coldest, wrap foods well and keep your fridge at 4°Celsius or colder to reduce spoilage. Keep meats on the bottom shelf so they don’t drip on other foods. Store eggs in their original carton in the body of the fridge (not on the door). Throwing out food is like throwing away money!
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