Healthy Eating for Less

The cost of healthy eating can be a challenge for many families. However, with meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking at home, healthy eating for less can be possible.

Here are some tips to eat well for less

  1. Look for sales
    • Check flyers, mobile apps and websites before you shop to see what is on sale.
    • Use coupons to save on items you need to buy.
  2. Plan ahead
    • Use Canada’s Food Guide to plan meals and snacks. You can choose more economical options like frozen and canned vegetables and fruits and plant-based proteins like beans and lentils.
    • Include food you already have on hand and those that are on sale.
  3. Make a list
    • Make a list of food you need to buy for the meals and snacks you have planned.
    • Keep an ongoing grocery list on the fridge to write down items when you run out.
  4. Stick to your list
    • Buy only food you really need or will use.
    • Try not to shop when you are hungry to avoid impulse purchases.

Food Programs

There may be food programs in your community to help you save money, such as:

  • Bulk buying clubs
  • Community gardens
  • Community freezers
  • Community kitchens

To find out what food programs are in your community, check out the Local Programs Map.


Most schools in Newfoundland and Labrador offer breakfast programs to ensure that all children have access to food at school, at no cost to families.

The School Lunch Association offers a lunch program in some schools that provides a hot, nutritious lunch for school children, regardless of a families’ financial situation. Check with your child’s school to see if these programs are available to your family.

For more information on healthy eating for less, please see the resources list to the right of this page.

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Last updated: 2021-01-21