It’s peach season in British Columbia and a pile of the delicious fruit grown in the Okanagan Valley is stacked outside a market on Vancouver’s Davie Street. Grab three to snack on this week, and at $8.80 per kilogram, you’re looking at $4.39 for your fresh fruit fix.
The price of fresh fruit rose 11.8% in July compared to the previous year, according to Canada Statistics. Other products were even higher, such as eggs (15.8 percent) and baked goods (13.6 percent). Considering the high prices of almost all other living expenses, more than half of Canadians who responded to a recent Angus Reid Institute Survey He said they are struggling to cover the costs.
Tracy Frimpong, a registered dietitian in Toronto, says there are ways to make nutritious choices while trying to make ends meet.
The important thing, he told CBC News, is to make decisions “that work for you and that you also enjoy.”
CBC News Instagram followers shared a few ways they are cutting their grocery bills while still putting nutritious meals on the table.
reach for canned food
One supporter said that canned food is the way to overcome the impact of labels in the supermarket: it lasts much longer than fresh produce, and there is often less waste.
Frimpong says it’s a myth that canned food is less healthy than fresh, describing canned fish, in particular, as “one of the healthiest foods out there.”
Although many canned goods can be preserved with sodium or sugar, a concern for people with certain dietary restrictions, he says there are usually options to meet those needs, including products stored only in water.
He also recommends buying in bulk.
“A good pantry helps you make healthier choices,” she said. “That way you won’t be tempted to go out looking for food.”
Beating the high cost of beef
Rita Rhammaz, an Instagram follower in Halifax, has teamed up with a group of four or five families to buy bulk beef — a whole cow, in fact — from a local butcher.
She says the last time they ordered beef it was around $1,600, or $400 per family. It’s cut into the cuts they like, from steaks to ground beef, individually wrapped, and delivered to their doors.
She knows that $400 sounds like a lot to pay up front, but she says her freezer is “at least four months’ worth of supplies.” Her family of five eats beef three times a week, even more during barbecue season.
She estimates it costs around $5.50 per pound, or $12.10 per kilogram, much cheaper than most stores.
Some people look for these deals by going from store to store, but Alison Stewart of Strathroy, Ont., recommends an app called Flashfood.
Alerts users to discount items for quick sale at select grocery stores across the country, from $5 boxes of produce to packages of meat, milk and baked goods selling for half price or less.
“This year, I’ve already saved over $275,” Stewart said.
Quality can be hit or miss, he said, especially when it comes to items that mature quickly, but he says it only takes simple planning to use those items quickly.
Frimpong says a product nearing the end of its shelf life “still has its nutritional value,” but reminds people not to buy anything they’re not going to eat.
Cut back on meals to cut costs
Susan Praseuth of Burnaby, BC, suggests cutting out one meal a day.
She said she’s always been a bargain shopper, but over the past year she’s become interested in the potential health benefits of intermittent fasting, such as eating only during a certain period of the day or week and reducing calorie intake.
Praseuth says this may not work for everyone, but she says she not only feels better, she saves $100 to $200 a month on groceries.
Frimpong says that people considering cutting out meals to cut back should make sure what they eat is “optimized” for their nutritional needs. .
“That way, you feel full throughout the day and don’t feel like you have to sacrifice,” he said.
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