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How to Get the Biggest Bang for your Food Bucks

The cost of food today is HIGH – no matter where it’s coming from.

You might shop around and snag a few deals here and there, but if you’re on a mission to really reduce food costs, these ideas could help that effort:

Have potluck meals with your favorite people. If each guest collaborates on a meal and prepares just one dish, you can share a feast for much less than if you hosted a dinner party on your own.

Avoid pre-made foods. It sounds obvious, but it can’t be emphasized enough. Given that food is already expensive, the cost rises when someone else spends their time and skills producing a dish for your purchase. Compared to the base cost of each ingredient, it’s likely you could prepare the same dish for less, and tailor it to your taste, and get leftovers! It can mean fewer additives, more organic ingredients, less sugar and salt – and more of your own homemade pre-made meals. That’s the result of effective meal planning and prepping!

Grow your own food. You don’t need to grow a whole garden or move to a farm (unless you’re into that sorta thing!), but growing a few of your favorite things could save a few dollars.

Plan meals around pulses. Beans, peas and lentils a great way to fuel your body with protein along with fiber, B-vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. With some exceptions, they’re often less costly than meat, and they make a smaller negative impact on the Earth’s climate. You don’t need to become a full-time vegetarian to make a positive impact on your wallet and our environment – start with just a meal a week if it’s not currently a regular on your menu.

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