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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill

Lady pushing a shopping cart in the supermarket.

Buying food at supermarkets and grocery stores is an essential expenditure that represents a large part of our budget, even more so when we decide to adopt healthy eating habits; the bill may sometimes increase quite a bit, and that’s why we should plan ahead on a weekly basis to avoid steep bills and wasting food.

Here are 10 easy tips to help you save on food:

1) Avoid processed products. The cost per serving of homemade products is lower than that of commercial products.
2) Avoid “empty calories,” as they don’t provide any essential nutrients and will leave you hungry for more (rice cakes, low-calorie granola bars and yogurts, etc.).
3) Make a grocery list and stick to it.
4) Never shop for groceries on an empty stomach, as you may be tempted to buy much more food than you need.
5) Look for special offers in flyers. You don’t have to cut out all the coupons and go to 10 different stores to take advantage of these offers; use them as tools, and pick the grocery that has the highest number of weekly offers that correspond to the items on your list.
6) Learn to improvise and use leftovers to create new dishes.
7) Beware of marketing. Special offers are not always as good as they seem to be.
8) Bend over; the most expensive items are always stored at eye level!
9) Choose private label products; as a general rule, they are less expensive than most popular brands.
10) Try plant protein. Read the article Top 5 Best Budget-Friendly Protein Sources!

 

In addition, shopping during the least busy hours of the day will enable you to walk through the aisles way faster and thus reduce possible temptations. You should also remember to bring your reusable bags, as they are better for both the environment and your wallet!

Keep in mind that the most important departments, including the fruit and vegetable stands, as well as meat, fish, and dairy products, are located away from the centre.

Enjoy your savings!

Marie-Eve Nadeau P. Dt.

Author
Marie-Ève Nadeau, Dt.P.

Member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Marie-Eve joined the Nautilus Plus team in November 2012. Nutritionist since January 2013 and assistant manager at Delson’s centre, Marie-Eve has found a passion for exercise and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her studies with the International Olympic Committee and exercises regularly. She ran her first half-marathon in Ottawa in May 2014, and was thrilled by the experience! She strives to pass on her passion to her clients and loved ones. Her objective is to help her clients get the results they desire and motivate them to adopt a healthy life style. She creates weight loss support groups and holds conferences on motivation and how to plan shopping for groceries.


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