Preparation is the key to success. Why not apply that golden principle to grocery shopping?
Once you’ve mastered a few skills you will be able to greatly reduce your weekly grocery bill and still bring home healthy food in the process.
First, you must get a general sense of what items cost. I always try to look over the weekly flyers to get an idea of the baseline prices for each grocer. It also keeps me in tune with how prices are adjusting for seasonal changes. It might seem like common sense, but shop at the store with the best deals that week.
Also, some stores promote price matching and you are missing out if you are not taking advantage of this! You could fund a family vacation with the savings you recoup from price matching each week. It takes a little practice, but this extra step will save you a lot of money. I’m not ashamed to say I try to price match often. I’ve come up with a great system that works really well and keeps me organized. Perhaps I’ll detail it in another post!
Sadly, healthy food can be expensive and we need to be smart shoppers in order to feed nourishing food to ourselves and our families.
Here’s a great healthy soup my family loves and won’t cost you a lot to make!
Nourishing Cauliflower Soup
- 3 medium onions, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 large cauliflower (Approximately 2.5-3 pounds)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 4.5 cups filtered water
- 1 bay leaf
- Sea salt to taste (Depending on size of cauliflower, I used 1 tsp)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- [Optional] 1 tbsp or more grass-fed butter
- Warm the coconut oil in a medium large dutch oven
- Sauté the onions and garlic until soft (adding a pinch of sea salt will help bring out the flavours!)
- Add the minced garlic and cook for a few minutes until fragrant
- Add the vinegar and stir the onion/celery mixture until all the vinegar evaporates
- Add all the spices, with the exception of the dried dill, and mix to combine
- Add the chopped cauliflower, bay leaf, salt and water to the pot and bring to just the boil
- Lower heat and simmer, covered, until the cauliflower is soft
- Removed the bay leaf and blend the soup until a smooth and creamy texture is achieved
- Stir in the optional butter, fresh lime juice and dried dill
So I’m curious, do you have any budget friendly tips for grocery shopping?
Until next time,