We all enjoy summer holidays! It's that it's that time of the year where you lay down on the beach and do nothing! Forget about the stressful exams, your annoying boss or the daily tasks that fill up your days.
The trick with summer travels is that your spendings tend to rise way up for whatever reasons... If you're starting to wonder what you're going to eat after your two weeks of pricey vacations, here are some tips that will help you save on your grocery lists:
1. Flipp your items!
This useful app compares the price of items based on the current discounts of your supermarket! Enter your daily products and get them at the lowest price.
2. Pay in cash
By doing so, you'll stick to the fixed amount of money you want to spend on your grocery every week.
3. Home-made meals are most delicious (and cost way less)
If you lack of recipes or you're just too lazy to cook, follow one of Vancouver Instagrammer like @erinireland. Get inspired and make yourself yummy dishes!
4. Shop at No Frills
This low-cost market guarantees the cheapest price on all the basic products all year long. This will make a significant change on your grocery bills. It's the must-go market in a city as expansive as Vancouver.
5. Make your thermos your new best friend
If like me you are shocked by the ridiculously price of a tea cup in cafes (seriously it's just hot water and one tea bag), bring your thermos and tea bags wherever you go! Most of time, no one will charge you for hot water, time to get your own tea assortment!
6. Check out the happy hours when you go out with your friends
Take advantage of happy hours in bars or restaurants like Cactus Restaurant! On weekdays from 3 to 6pm and on weekends from 5pm, have Quesadillas for $5!
7. Write a grocery list
It will save you tremendous amount of time and you won't get tempted by discount items that you don't need. Stick to it and save yourself from buying useless items.
8. Forget about brands
Apart from fact that the packaging looks fancier, generic and brand product taste exactly the same. Avoid getting scammed by those marketing strategy and buy No Name!
Photo cred - @michelle_vidal
9. Share meals with your roommates
One great thing about having roommates is lowering your living cost! If you all have the same diet, make a one night, one chef dinner! Discover new recipes and enjoy a convivial and home-made meal every night!
10. Don't shop hungry
A study of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States has shown that shopping hungry makes you buy more food than you actually need to. Whether you're a morning or an evening shopper, have a snack while writing your grocery list!
11. Freeze your food
Try at least once a week to cook a large amount of food so you can eat it in the following days. If you don't like eating the same thing twice, freeze your meals. It will be useful later on when you don't time (and money) to buy take away.
12. Invest in a lunch bag!
Home-made food is great if you have the luxury to eating all your meals home! If like me, you're always on the go, bring a lunch bag wherever you go! Enjoy the sunny weather by eating all your meals outside.
13. Buy local
Fruits markets offer a great variety of fresh fruits and veggies at the very competitive price! You also have a large selection seeds, nuts, grains in bulks. This also a great way of saving time from wandering in enormous supermarkets!
14. Volunteer in a farm
Urban gardens in Vancouver are very popular and spread out across the city. It's a great opportunity to have volunteer experience and you'll be able to take home all the the ugly (but still edible) veggies/fruits.
Photo cred - @erinlouise_wellness
15. Eat less meat
Although I would advocate for meat-free diet, I understand that some people find very hard to cut off meat products from their daily diet. Still, think about land deterioration due to intensive agriculture, your health and your grocery bills and to try eat less meat every week! If you're interesting in cooking yummy plant-based recipes, follow The Bhuddist Chef!
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