5 ways to save on groceries
Many Nova Scotians are being extra careful with money in the run up to Christmas. The CBC's Coupon Queen, Gail Quigley, shared her top five tips for saving money at the grocery store.
1. Compare sales before you go
Before you leave for the grocery store, compare sales in the paper and online flyers. See which store offers the best deal. Also, some stores price match deals from any store. If you shop at one that does, you can save time and money by not going from store to store.
2. Use coupons and buy multiples
If an item you use regularly is on sale, use the coupons to buy multiples and store them for future use.
3. Limit snack items
Snack items are expensive and can add a lot of money to your grocery bill. Consider buying them as a separate treat rather than as part of the regular shop. If you get a good coupon for a favourite snack, buy multiples (resist eating them all at once) and store them for future use.
Better still, buy the ingredients and bake your own snacks.
4. Plan meals for week
Sit down and plan out your menu a week or two in advance. You can do this once and just repeat the cycle. Compare that to your coupons and what's on sale. If you buy a roast, slice some for sandwiches, make a stew or soup with leftovers and use some of the beef for a stroganoff later in the week.
With good planning, you can get four or five meals from one roast over a two-week period.
5. Shop with a list
If you just wander down the aisles, you're more likely to drive up your bill with impulse buys. Make a list at home that is connected to your meal plan and stick to it. It will keep you focused and you'll know exactly what you need to buy.