Stocking a kitchen can require some pretty long lists and pretty deep pockets. We went ahead and put together a list of what we think are the essentials to get you up and cooking. The prices here are basically the cheapest things at either Canadian Tire or the dollar store that looked like they would last a while. We stuck to the lowest budget we could, so consider the prices as a rough guideline. Never underestimate a good thrift store, which will sometime even have new equipment – still in the box – for bargain prices; make sure to always have an eye out for quality, though. There’s also nothing wrong with getting a nicer set of cookware if you plan to keep it a while. We threw our example equipment list in the Resources section.
Fair enough. We broke down the foodstuffs into kitchen essentials, to stock up on once in a while, and groceries, to pick up once a week. We also threw in a section about seasonings for those who like to taste their food. Check all three out in the Resources section.
Go to No-Frills, Metro, Superstore or Loblaws with your student card on Tuesdays for a 10% student discount. You can do a Costco run with a group and split what you buy. If you buy the executive card, you’ll get 2% back on a coupon at the end of the year that basically pays for your membership. Other than those, we find the closest grocery store often works just fine.
Total cost: ~$200 + tax and a dollar store run. Not bad for a one-time cost, plus the ability to impress everyone with your fully equipped kitchen. These are the prices we found – see if you can beat our score!
Each year the SST runs a session on cooking at Loblaws in London and this year a cookbook is coming in the fall of healthy and easy to cook options. Keep an eye on your email.
EatRight Ontario – Speak to a registered dietitian: 877-510-5102
Nutrition Counseling at Western University (London Campus): 519-661-3855