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10 Tips to Save On Your Food Expenses

1. Have your coffee at home or at work if it is available

3$ spent each week on only one Tim Hortons’ coffee, that's $ 156 per year lost.

2. Vegetarianism

In our shopping cart, foods high in protein from animals are usually among the most expensive foods we buy. One effective way to save money and reduce our ecological footprint is to reduce our meat consumption. Here are more economical choices, just as nutritious as a source of protein: eggs, tofu, legumes and lentils.

3. Meal planning with grocery store’s flyers

  • Before deciding what meals to make for the week, it is important to take a look at what you already have in your pantry and refrigerator so you don't waste it.

  • Then you can browse the flyers online to see the specials and compare prices.

4. Make a grocery list

With meal planning, it is necessary to make a list so that you do not buy too much food. I use the Google keep app on my computer and cell phone. It allows me to write down what I need no matter where I am and I can share it with other people.

5. Prioritize seasonal fruits and vegetables

6. Reduce your consumption of alcohol, soft drinks, vegetable or fruit juices, etc.

Drinks, juices and cocktails usually have a low nutritional value and are not necessary for our diet.

7. Discounts

  • Is it really on sale and do you really need it?

  • Buy ugly fruits and vegetables at a discount because they are just as nutritious as the good looking ones.

8. Avoid meal prep companies

Example: WeCook, GoodFood and HelloFresh.

9. Avoid Already-Prepared foods

Example: fruit salad or already cut vegetables

10. Reduce the frequency of your restaurant visits

For more ideas, contact me and we can schedule an appointment!

Karine Drouin, RD

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