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How are Canadians dealing with higher food costs?

Shoppers are trying to stretch food dollars further as prices rise

How do rising food costs impact the typical Canadian shopper?

With the August Consumer Price Index reflecting increased prices on staples including produce and fresh and frozen meat, some Canadians are noticing a heftier grocery store bill when they shop.

A recent Global News article includes comments from consumer Susan Lindell, who has noticed she now spends between $20 to $30 more now for groceries in Toronto than she did previously.

There are several ways that consumers can make different food choices if they're on a fixed budget, as Lindell is. Home product specialist Vicky Sanderson recommends moving away from purchasing as much red meat and looking for other options of protein, such as beans and nuts, instead.

Avoid food waste is another way to stretch grocery dollars. For instance, consumers can plan and make meals in advance, freezing leftovers so that any excess doesn't end up in the garbage.

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