Finally, landing in 3rd place on the list of top expenses in British Columbia, is the cost of food. Food is such an important aspect of our lives, it keeps us nourished, healthy, and connected with our loved ones. Although it’s one of the top expenses in BC, it doesn’t have to be stressful. We’re here today to share some of our best tips to help save you money on food costs everyday!
- Plan Your Meals Ahead Of Time
Planning meals ahead of time can seem like a lot of work. However, having a solid meal plan for the week allows you to shop intentionally for your groceries, which will help you reduce your food waste, and save you money at the same time. Additionally, this can help get you out of a “recipe rut” when you’re feeling tired or uninspired to come up with meal ideas.
- Track Your Food Expenses
Keeping track of how much money you spend on groceries and meals out can help keep yourself accountable to any budgeting goals you’ve set for yourself.
- Limit Restaurant Outings To Special Occasions
Frequent restaurant outings add up quickly! Consider limiting restaurant visits to a monthly, weekly, or special occasions only basis- whatever will most reasonably work with you and your lifestyle.
- Buy In Season
Buying products in season is typically the best bang for your buck, especially when it comes to produce. Keep this in mind when planning your next grocery store visit.
- Buy In Bulk
Purchasing some items in bulk can be a great way to save money on groceries. Some of the best products to buy in bulk include non-perishable items such as canned goods, grains, nuts, pasta, oats, frozen berries, baking supplies, cleaning supplies like soap and laundry detergent, and so much more!
- Don’t Forget Your Reusable Grocery Bags
Most grocery stores these days charge anywhere from $0.10 to $1.00 for bags. It’s not the end of the world if you forget your reusable bags from time to time, but those extra few dollars add up, and it’s always better in your pocket.
- Host Social Gatherings At Your Home
Going to restaurants is also a great way to socialize or catch up with friends and family, but the costs add up quickly. Consider hosting a pot-luck dinner at your house next time you’re due for a gathering with friends!
We hope this budgeting series has provided some valuable tips you can implement into your life to save you money on housing, transportation, and food expenses. Please reach out to us with any questions you may have!