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Cheap eats

Cheap eats

January 22, 2014

Eating healthy, flavourful food doesn’t have to break the bank. With some careful planning and a little ingenuity, you can satisfy your loved ones’ palates with delicious, cost-conscious meals. Let’s get started!

Grow your own. 

Growing your own fruits and vegetables is easier than you might think. Not only will your homegrown garden produce healthy foods for a fraction of grocery store prices, but you won’t have to wait in line for fresh fruits and veggies. Start by digging your own small garden plot. If you don’t have a yard, you can still grow many items in planters on your balcony or patio. Choose seeds appropriate for the space you have and the amount of sun the plants will receive. If necessary, enrich the soil with organic materials and fertilizer. 

Swap dishes with neighbours. 

Are you a whiz at making rice and beans but can’t concoct a salad to save your life? Try teaming up with a neighbour. Together, establish a weekly menu where you can swap everything from appetizers to dinner entrees. The variety is certain to please your family; in the process, you’ll save money cooking at home. 

Clip coupons. 

There’s a reason coupon-clipping is an age-old tradition: It works! Whether it’s a sale on green peppers or a buy-1-get-1-free deal on rice, keeping an eye out for grocery store specials can help you save. 

Take advantage of rewards programs.

Many credit cards may offer cash back on everyday purchases from gas to grocery store items or rewards points that can be redeemed for merchandise, travel or groceries. Read the fine print on your credit card policy or ask at the bank how to take advantage of your card’s rewards programs to pinch pennies. 

Buy in bulk. 

While fresh fruits and vegetables have a limited life span, there are many grocery store items that can last for weeks, months or even years. Foods like pasta, rice and oats are simple to store so be sure to stockpile these items when they’re on sale.