Trips to the grocery store right now are a stressful event for me and I’m sure that I am not alone. Food costs having been rising over the last year due to drought in some areas, flooding in others and a low Canadian dollar just to name a few reasons. Trying to feed a growing family of 6 as healthily as I can weighs heavily on me and I am always on the lookout on how to lower our grocery bill without compromising on quality. I have decided to start a 12 part series on how to reduce your grocery budget. Each month I will share one aspect of how we try to keep our grocery budget in check.
For part one, I am focusing on knowing what you have in your pantry, fridge and freezer.
Every year households across Canada throw away food that has gone bad. Estimates vary from $600 to over $1200 a year worth for the typical family of 4. Think about that, if you could cut down on your food waste alone then your grocery expenses have already shrunk.
One way to do this is by knowing what you have in your house. Keeping a list of items you have, using proper shelf rotation and regularly incorporating the items from your pantry and freezer allow for minimal waste. In addition, planning meals so that all left-overs have a purpose and are promptly used will all help to keep your food budget low.
Paying attention to the quality of the food you are buying and being familiar with how to tell when produce is ripe will help to make you a smarter consumer.
This all seems really simple and basic but by knowing what you have in your home and reducing your food wastage, you will see a reduction in your grocery budget.
What do you do to keep food spoilage at a minimum in your household?