Saving On Groceries

Nov 10, 2011 Comments Off by

Before I started to become frugal, I would buy a lot of prepackaged foods at the grocery store and would eat what I wanted when it came to meats. I have changed my eating habits to become healthier and along the way, have saved money.

Cut down meats, introduce beans
We love our chicken and beef in North America and I’m no different. Beef is the most expensive per lb with chicken, pork and fish being cheaper lower cost alternatives. In a conscious effort to save money and my environmental footprint, I am eating more meals with beans and lentils as they are especially inexpensive when cooked from dried beans. Eggs are another excellent low cost protein with a low environmental foot print. When I choose my meats, I eat more chicken and fish while leaving the beef for special occasions and in smaller quantities. Interestingly, Canadians are reducing their beef consumption and have been eating less calories within the last decade.

Make most sauces from scratch
Salad dressings and stir-fry sauces cost $2-4 dollars per bottle. This was an area where I could cut down my grocery bill and still eat flavourful meals. It is much cheaper to make your sauces from scratch with soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, ketchup, BBQ sauce and favourite dry spices. To save money and create healthier alternatives to store bought salad dressing which may contain substantial sugar and salt, I started doing my own salad dressing with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I make my own thai sauce with fish sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and ketchup.

Frugality, Sustainability

About the author

Clara Cannes, the chief author from Goldeneer is a Canadian that works as a full time employee in the engineering field. Her passion is real estate, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Clara has finally reached financial independence in her late 20's and is on the path to a comfortable retirement by 35.
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