Wouldn’t it be great if you could spend less money on food each month and still eat healthier? It may seem impossible, but you actually can. More than 35 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children are considered obese today. Much of that is a result of lifestyle choices, and food choices play a big role.
But you can eat healthier, and you don’t have to buy expensive organic or all natural products either. Anyone can use the simple tips below to get the most from their food dollar.
Here are 5 top tips for reducing your spending at the grocery store while actually eating healthier every day:
#1: Plan your grocery shopping trip. Take a few minutes to think about what you’ll prepare in the coming days, and then make a list. Never go to the grocery store and “wing it.” When you plan your trip, you are more likely to purchase healthy foods that you’ll use, while minimizing the number of impulse buys.
#2: Never go to the market hungry. If you shop while you’re hungry, almost everything in the store will look good. And unfortunately, you’ll likely end up purchasing foods that are less healthy for you. The best time to shop is right after you’ve eaten.
#3: Shop around the outside first. Most markets are arranged with the fresh foods around the perimeter of the store. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, and dairy are usually located there. If you plan to make a trip around the perimeter of the store first, you’ll focus on buying these fresh foods instead of the frozen or processed foods located along the interior aisles.
#4: Buy in bulk when you can. Many fresh fruits, lunch meats, breads and other foods can be frozen. Then you can take them out and use them whenever you want. For example, blueberries are in season right now, so they are very inexpensive in most markets, and they freeze well. Packaged foods like flour, rice, pasta, and other staples can often be purchased in bulk when they’re on sale.
#5: Learn to read food labels. It is essential that you know what you’re eating. When comparing 2 foods, you have to look at price, but also the nutrients that you’re getting in each serving. Understanding how to read the nutrition facts and ingredients list is critical to eating healthy. Would you buy a car without knowing what options it had? How about a TV without knowing the features? Then why buy food without reading the label?
Follow these tips and you can significantly reduce your grocery bills while eating more fresh, natural, healthy foods.
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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