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Quick and Easy Budgeting Tips

​Try out these 10 tips to help you do smart grocery shopping that saves money. 

1. Shop at grocery stores and local farmer’s markets. Corner convenience stores are much more expensive.

2. Shop around the outside of the store first for the most important items such as vegetables and fruit, grains, milk and meat. Then go down the aisles for other foods you need. The centre aisles contain more packaged, processed and convenience items. These foods tend to be less healthy and give us less bang for our buck.
 
3. Look for store brands and no-name brands. They are usually less expensive than name brands and the quality can be just as good.
 
4. Watch for sales and foods that are in season, and plan some of your meals around good food deals.
 
5. Use the 'stoop and rise' method: eye-level foods tend to be more expensive than items on lower and upper shelves.
 
6. If possible, shop alone and after you have eaten. It is easier to stick to your grocery list and fewer impulse items will end up in your cart when you shop on a full stomach.
 
7. Save on vegetables and fruit:
  • Try to grow your own vegetables at home or in a community garden.
  • Buy frozen or canned when fresh produce is out of season.
  • Avoid buying prepared raw vegetables like carrot and celery sticks. Buy them whole, and cut your own.
 8. Whole Grains
  • Plain bread, pasta, rice and grains are cheaper!
  • Try day old breads and no-name brands.
  • Buy grains, pasta and cereals in bulk.
 9. Protein
  • Buy fresh milk, cheese and yogurt in the largest size you can use and store.
  • Avoid prepared products like grated cheese, cheese strings, and yogurt in tubes.
  • Buy skim or 1% milk.
  • Buy chicken backs and necks.
  • Avoid buying meats that come with sauces, stuffing, marinades, or flavourings.
  • Canned tuna, salmon and sardines are cheap.
  • Stock up on dry or canned beans, peas, and lentils when you can.

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