General Tips to L.W.O.L.

Many of the recipes you will find in this book can be made with foods found in food banks, and general grocery stores.

  • If using shredded cheese in a recipe, you can usually save money by buying a slab of cheese and shredding it yourself.
  • Think about investing in a backpack to carry your groceries in! You can save on the price some stores charge for plastic bags AND you’re helping the environment! Another way to do this would be to invest in a couple of reusable bags (usually available at grocery stores) and keep them on hand when you shop.
  • Don’t let recipes hold you back! Feel free to try new things and replace certain ingredients with other ones. Sometimes the ingredient you come up with will actually taste better (and might even have a higher nutritional value).
  • Shop for meat on Sundays when it’s marked down for quick sale.
  • If your income is low, check your local food bank. Food banks often have hygiene items as well.
  • You can make full meals in an electrical frying pan!
  • Try using http://www.supercook.com/#/recipes to make dishes with the ingredients you have in your pantry!
  • If you want to make only half the recipe, be sure to cut all the ingredients in half so the proportions stay the same.
  • Keep in mind the fruits and vegetables that are in “growing season” they are usually cheaper and more flavourful.
  • Buying in bulk may not always be possible on a tight budget, but when you can take up the opportunity to do so, many items can be purchased in bulk making the overall cost cheaper.
  • Look out for coupons for eggs, milk and other things! Most grocery stores will mail these out, but they are also available in grocery stores… usually at the entrance.

*If you go to the websites for grocery stores, you can sometimes get a hold of coupons that you would not find in store or in a flyer