Hello, my beautiful chickpeas!
I am a very hungry person. I definitely relate to the Hobbit way of life: Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Lunch, Afternoon tea, Dinner, & Supper. To be fair, each of my meals is small-medium. Unfortunately, I can’t always stick to my Hobbit-esque eating schedule due to adulting *deep sigh*. That said, when I am at home all day or most of the day, I eat pretty frequently. In order to keep me satiated, I like to keep my pantry and fridge stocked with goodies. However, being hungry on a budget is not always easy, so I have discovered some frugal places to shop at, and I have also started meal planning. I’ve decided to share what I like to always have on hand in my fridge/pantry as well as some places to shop in Vancouver. I will also share the apps I use on my phone that help me save money when I go buy things!
- The Real Canadian Superstore
- Sunrise Market
- T&T Supermarket
- H Mart
- No Frills
- Vancouver Farmer’s Market
What I like to have on hand:
- Chicken breast/thighs
- Frozen white fish
- Potatoes (sweet and russet)
- Selection of snackable veggies (grape tomato, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, cauliflower etc.)
- Selection of versatile fruits (pineapple, apples, oranges, strawberries, mango, bananas, etc.)
- Aromatics (ginger, garlic, onion, green onion)
- Milk (full fat, organic)
- Sour cream
- Cheese (goat and cheddar/Havarti)
- Sauces: soy sauce, rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, hoisin sauce, balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, fish sauce
- Condiments: Dijon mustard, peanut butter, Nutella, jam
- Banana peppers (marinated/pickled)
- Frozen corn
- Lemons and limes
- Juice (coconut water, OJ)
- Soft corn or flour tortillas
- Vermicelli rice noodles
- Canned beans (selection of types)
- Crushed canned tomatoes and stewed tomatoes
- Fresh cilantro, parsley, mint
- Chicken broth cubes
- Spices (paprika, cumin, turmeric, garlic powder, seasoning salt, chili powder)
- Sugar (for baking)
- Buns (white bread)
- Sourdough bread
Just to clarify, the items listed above are not the only things I have in my fridge and pantry; and I don’t always keep those exact items stocked. These are just the typical things I generally have on hand.
- Snap (by Groupon)
- Flipp *edit: Flipp is removing the coupon feature as of June 30*
** Don’t overlook the flyers that you get in the mail, they often have some good savings!**
Moving on! Meal planning has been a great way to save money for me. I often find myself looking through cookbooks and online recipes, and when I find a set of recipes I want to make that week, I check my pantry/fridge and add whatever I need & don’t have into my grocery list. This way, when I go shopping, I don’t mindlessly shop for things that look good, I shop with purpose. The only time I do huge grocery shopping trips is when I need to re-stock my essentials.
With that, I wrap up today’s post! Thanks for stopping by.