Ask the expert, featuring Cyrus Mazdine from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union

Tips for keeping your grocery bill in check.

If there’s an easy way to blow your household budget, it’s the grocery bill. Because eating is a necessity, it’s easy to overlook it in terms of money management. Here are some tips to help you manage your grocery expenses:

  • Plan and plan some more: create a meal plan that identifies every meal you’ll make that week and stick to it when grocery shopping. If you want to indulge in a more sophisticated dish with expensive ingredients one day, try and balance it out with a more affordable meal on other days.
  • Curb the impulse buy: try and stick to your meal plan and only buy what you need. Another effective tactic is to shop only one day a week or even try shopping online to avoid those impulse buys in store.
  • Shop local produce stands and farmers’ markets: these stands often have lower prices as they’re direct from the farmer. You might even find locally-grown specialty produce that you can’t find in the grocery store.


Eating is undeniably one of life’s pleasures, but that creates a lot of opportunities for overspending. The key is to plan and balance your meals and budget so that you can maximize your dollars while satisfying your inner foodie.