Feeding a family on a budget

Feeding a family can be expensive, especially when your family has a busy activity calendar, you might end up in a drive-thru more often than you want, causing to you to spend more and eating food that may not be very nutritious. The truth is there are really simple ways to help keep your budget on track, and still feed your family healthy food.  Here are 5 simple tips to implement into your daily routine to save you money.

Tip #1

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Buy produce in season & locally: Buying fruit and vegetables that take less effort to grow and less travel to get to your table simply cost less.  The additional costs to eat a container of berries not in season weekly can add up significantly through a season. And if you are doing that with a few of your produce items ….cha-ching!  Another great tip for produce is to load up on produce items when they are on sale and freeze it to use throughout the month.

Tip #2

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Meal planning: This one seems obvious, but so many of us fly by the seat of our pants every day when it comes to meals. Sitting down each week and coming up with a list of the things you want to cook, then a list of the things you’ll need to make it, so you are only buying what you need!  And if you plan correctly you can buy in family pack size (saving money) and using it later in the week.

Tip #3

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Go Meatless: Going meatless one or two times a week can save you huge!  Other proteins like beans, lentils, quinoa, eggs and so many more, can be used in replacement of meat.  Veggie chilli, stir-fry’s, veggie burgers and quiches are all delicious meals that are easy to make and easy on the wallet.

Tip #4

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Use cheaper cuts of meat: Buying cheaper cuts of meat and marinating, tenderizing, or cooking in a slow cooker can really take money off your grocery bill.  Even roasting a whole chicken instead of chicken breasts will help make your dollar stretch, any leftovers can be used for soups, salads or pot pies.

Tip #5

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Go it alone: We’ve all probably gone grocery shopping with our parents and snuck in a few extra treats in the cart or begged for the sugary cereal that you had at your friend’s house. These extra items really add up!  Take your list and your new found thrifty attitude and hit the grocery store by yourself.  You’ll be amazed how quick this typically daunting task can be and how much money you’ll save by tackling it alone.

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