Grocery Budget Tips: 5 Cool Weather Ideas to Save Money

Posted on 13 February 2020

Written by Gillian Goldblatt

Looking for money saving tips for your grocery budget that also happen to be delicious?

Your grocery budget should shift with the seasons and factor in both seasonal items and seasonal cooking methods. If you’ve recently finished a bankruptcy or consumer proposal, and/or are dedicated to living a debt free lifestyle, we have got a few tips that can help you save money at the grocery store during cooler weather months.

Here are 5 ideas for cool weather meals that will help you save money.

The Crock Pot Meal

Your crock pot can create a delicious meal out of leftover ingredients or even discounted ingredients at the store. At the meat counter, look for cuts that would not be as interesting to eat by themselves such as stewing beef chunks. Search online for a simple beef stew recipe. Purchase frozen vegetables or browse the “last chance” vegetables in the produce section. Making a crock pot meal will often yield enough food to have leftovers for lunch the next day. This cooking method (if put on slow setting) will also save on energy costs, it’s much cheaper to run a slow cooker than it is to run a stove.

Freezer Meals

Making your own freezer meals may save you money on the number one food budget problem for most people – take out. Cook a large lasagna and freeze portions in individual containers purchased at the dollar store. Try creating zip lock bags full of ingredients purchased when on sale at the grocery store that easily make a quick stir fry meal. Any type of simple meal that can be heated in a pan will work with this idea. You can even pre-cook the meat before you freeze so that the meal warms up quickly and doesn’t require cooking the meat. With a bunch of pre-cooked freezer meals at home, it will be  easier to skip the expensive take-out meals when you don’t feel like doing very much in the kitchen.

Make Soup

To really save money you should try and use all of your leftovers from every meal. Soup is one of the greatest ways to use up leftover vegetables and meat. You can find a lot of easy soup recipes online. Purchase inexpensive, in season vegetables for your soup making and learn how to make soup stock when you are cooking other meals. Soup makers waste a lot less and manage to use ingredients in very creative ways. You can make delicious, nutritional meals and they can also be frozen to save for lunch or dinner at a later date.

Buy Seasonal Veggies

Buying vegetables that are in season will save money. Locally grown vegetables are generally less expensive than vegetables that have travelled a long distance to get here. Know what is in season in your area and shop local markets when possible. The best example of savings during harvest season is corn on the cob – during corn season you can purchase a cob of corn for far less than a dollar. When corn is not in season, the price of imported corn is generally much harder on your grocery budget. The added bonus of buying in season is the improved taste of fresh local produce.

The Weekly Roast

Once a week use your oven to roast a lot of meat and vegetables that you can eat for days. Hydro rates are cheaper on the weekend. You likely have more free time than you do during the week as well. Shop for a good deal on meat to roast over the weekend, freeze it if you have to. Purchase a bag of potatoes and other seasonal veggies that will roast well. On Sunday afternoon, roast the items and serve them for dinner. You should have plenty of leftovers to use in other meals early in the week. You may even have lunches for the first couple of days of the week.

If you’ve adjusted your grocery budget and are still having trouble, we can help. Book online by clicking here or give us a call at 310-4321. We can help you discover how great debt freedom feels. Let’s reduce your stress and get you the fresh financial start that you deserve.

Gillian Goldblatt

Gillian Goldblatt

Gillian Goldblatt is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Insolvency and Restructuring Professional. She is also an award-winning LIT (Licensed Insolvency Trustee) and Vice-Chair of the Ontario Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Practitioners Board. As Spergel's resident expert on debt consolidation and financial literacy, you can find Gillian being interviewed regularly on popular Canadian news programs when she's not at the office helping individuals and businesses get back on track.

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