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Buying in Bulk

Being a couple without kids (at least not yet!), buying in bulk sound counter intuitive. To my surprise it is not the case.There are many things worth buying in bulk, in the long term it is cheaper than buying at the supermarket. Recently, I discovered the discounts at Costco. For me, there are many household items worth buying in bulk such as dishwasher liquid, dish soap, laundry soap, cheese, flour, etc... I tend to find buying the items we use that have a long expiry date are worth buying in bulk.

At times, when supermarkets offer discounts on meat, I buy large quantities and freeze it in smaller portions since were just the two of us. At first, I was apprehensive about it since the meat was not fresh it would have a different texture. I have to admit that buying steak and freezing it is not worth it for us. Although once the meat is cut up put in a sauce or marinated it makes no difference. Buying in larger quantities and freezing means lots of savings at the end of the month. In doing so, our food costs have significantly been reduced. We have managed to save on our monthly food bill. Also, we have added more cheese into our diet and legumes.

Rather than buying on a daily basis which we used to do. The purchase of meat is almost once every few weeks. I'm attempting to make it once a month larger purchases. Having a second fridge also helps, since we use that freezer when we have visit. Buying meat once a month is worth it especially for the two of us. It cut our grocery bill down by almost half since we freeze and limit the amount of food we cook. Just buying our vegetables it enables me to buy what I plan to cook usually buying seasonal vegetables or those on sale. I usually have about a weeks worth of vegetables which enable me to cook a variety of foods based on a menu. Here in Montreal we have some great shows on how to save money. I really enjoy the recipe books from Cuisine Futee, they are healthy recipes with lots of flavor and based on under 5$ a portion. It's a series in french on tele Quebec. For busy parents they offer great recipes made in under half hour. My philosophy is that if the kids will eat it, so will we.



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