Kids Eat Smart Foundation knows that nutritious foods are often costly so when shopping for your KES Clubs and for your family use these tips to make your dollars go farther!
My best plan of attack during the weekly shopping trip is make a list, make a list, make a list. Often on Sunday’s I’ll scan the flyers have a look at the sales and plan my weekly menu based on the sales. I like to get the most bang for my buck when creating my menu – use the tips below when planning your next trip.
Plan Your Budget
Make a list of what food you will need before you go shopping and stick to it. If you start buying things that are not on your list you will probably go over budget.
Use Coupons & Flyers
Look for specials in flyers and use coupons to get the best deals. For example, if bread is on sale buy extra loaves and freeze them. Don’t buy perishable items in larger quantities than you need unless you have an appropriate storage space to keep them.
Portion foods into smaller, bite-size pieces. If you cut fruit into segments, students are more likely to take a piece. Portioning foods often reduces waste as people can choose how much they want more easily.
Buy local foods whenever possible. Not only are items like fruits and vegetables cheaper and fresher, you’ll be supporting your local community!
Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk can be a lot cheaper in the long run. Only buy in bulk when you are going to use the food before it expires
Shop around and compare prices. Grocery store brands are often cheaper than big brands, even when big brands are on sale, and are virtually the same products.
Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.