Buy store brands
It’s tempting to buy name brands you’ve seen in ads, but you pay for that prestige. Store brands – many of which are nearly identical to the name-brand versions – are a good way to use healthy foods swaps to save money on groceries.
Grow your own
Eating is practically free if you can grow food in your own backyard. “If you’re new to gardening or don’t think you have a green thumb, start off with a few simple herbs,” says health and wellness expert Caleb Backe. “Herbs are generally pretty resilient and taste way better when they’re freshly picked. Once you get the hang of it, plant some of your favourite foods like tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, peppers, and berries.”
Give new life to leftovers
If you have leftover food that you’re sick of eating and don’t want to waste, switch it up, and turn it into a soup. “Some canned or frozen broth is your best friend here,” says nutritionist Keith Ayoob, associate clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. “Or make your own. It takes some time, but it’s passive time, so you just let it simmer in the evening while you watch TV or do something else.”