By planning ahead and knowing where and how to shop for deals, you can make healthy and affordable meals.
Here are some tips:
- Set aside a certain amount of money for food every month.
- Write grocery lists and think about the meals you are going to make – and stick with the list!
- Keep an eye out for food flyers, informing you of sales at your local grocery store.
- Visit a food bank. Food banks can help you if you have a low income.
- Order food boxes from a local gardening co-op or non-profit garden that distributes fruits and vegetables.
- If you live in Toronto, you can order fruits and vegetables from FoodShare. FoodShare is a non-profit garden that provides cheap and healthy locally-grown fruits and vegetables. They can arrange a time and place for you to pay and pick up your “box” of food.
- If you live outside Toronto, you can ask if these services exist in your city or town at a farmers market, or at a food bank near you.
Things to remember while shopping
- Buy fruits and vegetables when they are in-season, they will be cheaper. Find out when certain foods are in-season here.
- Grow your own vegetables.
- Buy dry foods in bulk, such as pasta, rice, etc.
- Frozen vegetables are cheaper than fresh vegetables, and have the same nutritional value. Same thing goes for fish.
- Meat alternatives, like lentils, peanut butter, and tofu, cost a lot less than meat and have lots of protein in them too!