How to Save Money on Food During Times of Inflation.

How to Save Money on Food During Times of Inflation: Tips from Alima’s

It seems as though every time we go to the supermarket or a restaurant, the prices are increasing. What is going on, and how can we cope?

It is a time of inflation, and we have not fully recovered from the supply-chain issues of the pandemic. Add to that, we have the war in Ukraine which has led to grain shortages worldwide and as a result, rising prices, globally. Energy prices are also skyrocketing, and going to the gas station is no longer fun.

It is important to understand that we are not out of the woods yet. Prices may continue to rise, threatening the comfortable lifestyle we have grown accustomed to in Canada. With so many expenses coming up, such as mortgage renewals, education expenses, retirement planning, and vacation planning, it is vital that we find ways to economize and save money.

We have to spend money on food every day, so this is an area that needs special attention. We still have some control over food costs, whereas we have none over gas or mortgages.

At Alima’s, we are going to great lengths to keep prices down. Our food has gone up 10 to 15% over the past two years, while the cost of raw materials has doubled in some cases. We feel for our customers and employees, and we would like to offer some advice on how to save money on food during these times of inflation. Please take the time to read it, as it can save you money each month.

  • Plan your meals: Take the time to plan your meals for the week. This allows you to make a shopping list and avoid impulse purchases. Plan meals around affordable ingredients and try to use leftovers rather than throwing them out.
  • Cook at home as much as possible: Eating out or ordering takeout can be expensive. Cooking at home allows you to control the ingredients and portion sizes, which can save you money.
  • Buy in bulk: Purchasing non-perishable items in bulk can help you save money in the long run. Look for deals on staples like rice, flour, beans, and canned goods. However, look out for sales gimmicks, such as smaller packaging at the ‘old price’ that resembles the previous packaging. Compare prices per unit or weight to ensure you’re getting a good deal.
  • Shop at sales and use coupons: Keep an eye out for sales and discounts at your local grocery store. Check store flyers or websites for weekly specials and plan your meals around the discounted items.
  • Buy seasonal and local produce: Seasonal fruits and vegetables tend to be cheaper because they are abundant and don’t require long-distance transportation. A visit to the farmers’ market or flea market can be profitable.
  • Avoid processed and convenience foods: Processed and pre-packaged foods are often more expensive than whole ingredients. They also tend to be less nutritious.
  • Reduce food waste: Wasting food is like throwing money away. Be mindful of what you have in your fridge or pantry and use it before buying new items.
  • Drink water as much as you can: You can have soda, juice, or bottled water, but reduce the amount you consume.
  • Grow some food items like tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and beans if you have space and time. It can save you a few dollars while providing much-needed outdoor time and relaxation.

Remember, making small changes in your shopping and eating habits can add up to significant savings over time.

Consider buying Alima’s “Eat-Easy” items, which are precooked and packaged meats, seafood, vegetables, and roti (flatbreads). We try to source our ingredients at a cheaper price than you can buy them in the regular grocery. Many customers tell us that it is much cheaper to buy from Alima’s and stock up their refrigerator than spending gas and time going to the grocery, coming home to cook, washing up, etc. Overall, our food is cheaper for you than if you have to buy and cook it yourself. Also, because it is conveniently packaged, it reduces food waste.

We wish you a happy and pleasant summer; stay safe, eat healthy, relax, and try to save a bit.

The Alima’s Team

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