Some strategies make it possible to continue to eat well despite rising food prices.
While the French have been experiencing a sharp increase in food prices for several months, here are some tips for continuing to eat healthily without spending too much.
Make the end of the markets
Regarding fruits and vegetables, some traders sell off their unsold products at the very end of the market. By going there around 2 p.m., you can therefore obtain these essential foods for the proper functioning of the body without breaking the bank, even if the choice will necessarily be a little limited.
Cultivate your own vegetable garden
Still on the subject of fruits and vegetables, know that cultivating your own vegetable garden is by far the most profitable solution to provide yourself with them, because seedlings cost almost nothing. And if you do not have an exterior, also know that many cities provide plots of land for gardening.
Buy day-old bread at the bakery
Some bakeries keep their unsold products to offer them at discounted prices the next day. You can thus provide yourself at a lower cost with quality bread, which is an excellent source of starch, especially when it is “complete”.
Invest in loyalty cards
Taking the loyalty cards offered by major brands and organic stores can also be good for your wallet, as they allow you to obtain attractive promotions and discounts on food products.
Healthy filling of the new “inflation basket”
Faced with soaring prices, you should also know that supermarkets have just offered selections of food products at regulated prices, until June. All of them (with the exception of E.Leclerc) will soon mark the affected items with a small blue, white and red basket, which you can discover in the tweet below.
The French will soon be able to spot the products of the Anti-Inflation Quarter behind this logo in the stores of the distributors. pic.twitter.com/H4WEymkeq2
—Dominique Schelcher (@schelcher) March 6, 2023
And to build you a “inflation basket” as healthy as possible, you will be able to select foods at blocked prices displaying an A or B grade on their Nutri-score.
Avoid “trendy” products
To reduce your expenses, also remember to read the labels carefully. Because as in all sectors, food products evolve: some suddenly become “tendency” and therefore much more expensive than items that have fallen into oblivion. Thus, the now sacrosanct Skyr is today much more expensive than the petit-suisses, while the two products provide the same amount of protein.
Target healthy and inexpensive foods
Keeping in mind that some healthy food products are much cheaper than others can also avoid overheating the credit card. Broccoli, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, pumpkins, corn, onions, apples, bananas, oranges, pears, pineapples, clementines, lentils , beans, eggs, canned fish, white meats, brown rice, oats and wholemeal pasta are thus particularly inexpensive.
Finally, some applications make it possible to recover food products at low cost or to avoid waste. You can save money by downloading to your phone “Too Good To Go”, “Phenix”, “Zero-waste”, “To consume”, “Frigo Magic”, “Save Eat” or “HopHopFood”.