Since the health crisis and the inflationary context, the French have been worried about their purchasing power. In order to save money, you have to try to be strategic. Indeed, consumers can buy food that can be kept over time in order to anticipate possible price increases. We share with you the 5 products that have a good quality/price ratio and that you can buy in advance.
In times of crisis, some French people tend to stock up on food and put it aside in case of a hard blow. Given that inflation continues to rise and that certain products are in short supply, it is not easy to be reassured. So the trick may be to buy shelf-stable products right away to stock up and plan for the future. Discover in this article the 5 long-life products that offer you a good quality/price ratio and that will increase your purchasing power in the long term.
1/ Starch in sachets to protect purchasing power
To try to keep some purchasing power, you can stock up on certain starchy foods such as pasta, rice and quinoa… Indeed, these foodstuffs can be kept for many years, even after the date of minimum durability. (DMD). Bacteria cannot live there. The only thing that can change over time is the taste and appearance. However, the bag must remain closed. For example, you can put your starches in airtight boxes.
Moreover, the composition of pasta is interesting since they are made of starch, so they represent a good source of energy. On the other hand, they contain very little protein, less than 4%. Due to inflation, prices for “first price” sachets in shops have doubled, but they are still affordable. You will have to pay around 1.50 euro per kilo. Something to try to find alternative recipes to the traditional ham and shells…
Rice can be a bit more expensive. Indeed, you must count between 1.50 and 5 euros per kilo approximately. For information, it has a little more lipids and carbohydrates than pasta. Namely, whole grains are more expensive, but better for your health too. Indeed, they contain complex carbohydrates which are rich in fiber. For example, quinoa, the price of which ranges from 7 to 13 euros per kilo, contains much more protein than pasta and rice.
3/ A can of tuna in the holds
You necessarily have at least one can in your cupboards, that’s for sure. Whether it’s cans of tuna, mackerel, herring, anchovies, sardines… The latter can be kept for two years and it’s the way to have very nutritional foods on hand easily. Indeed, they provide many things, including proteins, lipids (Omega 3 DHA and EPA), minerals and trace elements (selenium, iron, zinc, iodine, etc.) and also vitamins (vitamin D, B12).
In addition, canned fish is two to three times less expensive than fresh products. For example, a tin can costs about 10 euros per kilo on average, or 1 euro for a portion of 100 g, while a fresh tuna will cost 3 euros. Even with inflation, the selling prices of these products remain attractive to retain some purchasing power. Indeed, these foods have experienced an increase of between 3 and 5% since the beginning of the year, but are still accessible. So that fresh products have suffered much more from the rise in prices over one year: + 12.1% between April 2021 and April 2022, according to figures from INSEE. In addition, the metal container can be completely recycled.
4/ Canned vegetables to eat vegetables without breaking the bank
As you have seen, fresh vegetables have seen their prices rise by +8.9% over one year and fresh fruit have increased by 4%, according to INSEE. A hell of a hole in the racket for our purchasing power. So people on low incomes no longer necessarily have the means to consume five fresh fruits and vegetables a day. In addition, they fear the perishable side and waste. So, the solution remains to switch to metal cans, because glass jars are more expensive. In addition, the advantage is that you can eat vegetables even if it is not the season.
In addition, be aware that, contrary to popular belief, canned vegetables have no preservatives or additives. Indeed, the boxes are airtight and sterilized with water, salt and occasionally sugar. You can even consume the juice that the vegetables are in. For example, peas or flageolets. Indeed, the liquid brings you good things for your health, like vitamins, minerals and even antioxidants. Thus, vegetables give you fiber and some of them, plant proteins that fill you up: lentils, chickpeas, white and red beans, flageolet beans…
4/ Canned fruit to maintain your purchasing power
In addition to canned vegetables, do not hesitate to opt for canned fruit, for your health and your purchasing power. Indeed, rumors indicate that they are too sweet, but that is not the case. Since 2019, liquids are no longer “syrups” and no longer need to respect a minimum sugar content. Therefore, manufacturers have reduced the level of sugar, which is almost the natural amount of fruit.
In addition, you can also turn to compotes. In addition, there are versions without added sugar or light. Unfortunately, its products are also subject to inflation and are victims of an increase of 5.9% over one year. In any case, a piece of advice, always look at the price per kilo.
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