Credit counselling means helping you become debt free and a big part of credit counselling is life counselling. We help you pay down your debts while teaching you better spending habits such as reducing grocery costs. So how can you reduce spending on groceries?
If you think that healthy, pesticide-free and additive-free foods are just too expensive, think again. Some food experts say it’s possible for an individual to eat in healthy ways for five to ten bucks a day every day. To this end, here are 12 tips that may interest you:
That which endures in the field, endures in your home.
TIP #1: Buy in bulk. Look for natural food suppliers that buy organics in large quantities. That means savings. As you buy healthy food in bulk, look for staples such as rice and beans that also save you money in the long run. Buy hardy bulk, too. That which endures in the field, endures in your home.
TIP #2: Know the brands. Become familiar with organic store brands for lower-priced packaged food. Most supermarkets and large-scale health food stores carry their own brand of organic products such as pasta, pasta sauce, frozen fruit and vegetables, and more.
By purchasing food in season, you get savings and fresh variety.
TIP #3: Shop the seasons. By purchasing food in season, you get savings and fresh variety. For instance, if it’s December, forget about that out-of-season asparagus. Freeze fruits and vegetables when they’re in season (to prevent spoilage, blanch, drain water, and freeze vegetables immediately).
TIP #4: Check out customer loyalty programs. Explore savings and discount opportunities among health food stores and suppliers.
TIP #5: Stop wasteful practices. Instead of sending those limp, organic beet 43 leaves or celery stocks to the compost heap, put them into a stew. Meanwhile, save leftover boiled vegetable water for soup stocks. This may seem extreme but if you’re already seeking credit counselling then not measure to save is too much and every little bit counts.
TIP #6: Eat vegetarian meals more often. Reducing meat intake reduces health risks associated with a number of diseases. Beans such as lentils and chickpeas in particular make for inexpensive vegetarian meals.
The labels signal 95 per cent organic content for food.
TIP #7: Look for official labels. Keep an eye out for the Biologique Canada Organic logo and the USDA Organic seal. The labels signal 95 per cent organic content for food with no synthetic pesticides, dyes, genetically modified seeds, or irradiation. For animals raised for meat or eggs, no hormones, antibiotics or factory farming methods are permitted.
TIP #8: Make more quick, home-cooked meals. For recipes, go to alive.com. For vegetarian meal plans and recipes see Wildly Affordable Organic.
TIP #9: Check into food clubs. Think about joining an online organic food- buying club, or start your own. Such clubs bring lots of health-conscious folks together to buy directly from a food wholesaler or distributor. As an example see nowbc.ca.
Pesticides and toxins tend to accumulate in animal fat.
TIP #10: Choose foods wisely. Remember that pesticides and toxins tend to accumulate in animal fat and in the tissues of humans who eat the fat. Be aware of where you can find healthy meats, milk, cheeses, butter and other animal-fat-based products. If you eat non-organic meat, remove the skin and as much fat as possible.
TIP #11: Reduce pesticide exposure. Always peel non-organic fruit and vegetables. Alternatively, you can wash produce with a mixture of warm water, salt, and either vinegar or lemon juice.
TIP #12: Grow your own herbs and vegetables. Grow stuff on your balcony, deck, in your backyard, or in a community garden
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