The Big “B” Word

Let’s face it.. these days food isn’t cheap and that money tree doesn’t seem to be bearing any fruit. It’s time to plan your budget.

budget-groceriesWith constant concerns of paying the mortgage, the stability of your job and all other responsibilities, the health of you and your family always lands at the top of your list of priorities. As we’re all well aware, one of the top factors in good health is what kind of food we decide to eat everyday. Now saying this, with your salary not going up and food prices not going down, spending extra money on organic produce and healthy food choices may not be your highest priority. The question you have to ask yourself, is it really more expensive to eat healthy?

With the holidays just around the corner, pocketing some extra cash here and there doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. The good news is, your dietary goals and daily health regime doesn’t have to suffer! Who ever said being frugal wasn’t in?

Buy local and organic produce. Not only is this a great way to sustain local agriculture, by joining CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), you’re able to get produce cheaper at a convenient pick-up location. To order online or for more information, please visit Grand River Organics.

Eat seasonal produce. Choosing to eat seasonally is not only beneficial to your health but it’s also good for the wallet. Another reason to join a local CSA! Below is a list provided by Grand River Organics of local seasonal produce:

Late Autumn Harvests | Acorn Squash, Apple, Arugula, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Celeriac, Daikon Radish, Green Cabbage, Kale, Mushroom, Orange Buttercup Squash, Parsley, Potato, Pie Pumpkin, Popcorn, Red Beet, Rutabaga, Salsify, Shallot, Spaghetti Squash, Sweet Dumpling Squash, Yellow Onion

Grow it yourself. With hectic schedules, I’m sure the majority of you are getting a good chuckle out of this one. Just so we’re clear, I’m not suggesting that everyone should turn their flower bed into a flourishing garden with fruits and vegetables. To begin, try growing a choice of one herb, vegetable or fruit each season which you frequently consume.

Comparison shop. Before making a big purchase, most people will shop around to find the best price. According to statistics Canada, households in Ontario spend on average $7,284 per year on groceries. That’s over $600 per month! Sounds like a hefty monthly purchase for an average household! Although you may have to split your grocery shopping into a couple different stores, it’s worth the savings!

Avoid convenience foods. Yes, those easy-to-make or on-the-go meals and snacks seem great, right? While this sounds like another life problem solved, unfortunately it isn’t that easy. Not only will you experience a slight sticker shock when you break down the prices of these foods but they only seem to last for less than a week in your cupboard.

Be prepared. Plan your weekly meals ahead of time, make a grocery list, and stick to it! When making your list, do a quick household inventory check to make sure you’re not buying any doubles. Been there, done that..”honey, we’re having broccoli every night this week!”.

Go solo and nourished. It’s best to grocery shop alone (little hands reach out for extras and in my case, the mister enjoys a variety of extra goodies!) and most importantly, not when you’re hungry. A hungry shopper generally has difficulty sticking to exactly what’s on the list.

Before you go spending a fortune on your weekly groceries, be frugal and put the extra coin towards something worth while! 

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