Shopping on a budget? Follow these tips to cut dollars, but keep nutritional value up!

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November 6, 2012 by thehealthyheartcenter

1. Do not go shopping while you’re hungry.
2. Plan your family’s meals before going shopping.
3. Look at coupons and sale circulars.
4. Buy frozen vegetables and frozen fruits.
5. Consider ingredients that you already have in your pantry.
6. Make a list and stick to it.
7. Buy in-season fruits and vegetables.
8. Remember: when you buy less, less goes to waste.
9. Stick to serving sizes – especially with snacks.
10. Least expensive protein sources include: Canned tuna, Whole eggs, Ground beef, Milk, Frozen chicken breast, Cottage cheese, Ground turkey, Legumes, beans and lentils
11. Buy rice in 20 or 25 pound bags: A 25 pound bag is only about twice as much for 10 times the quantity of a small bag of rice and it’s a durable food.
12. Avoid buying prepackaged meals like “helpers” – pound for pound, they cost more and are generally unhealthy.  Example: make your own macaroni and cheese using a large bag of macaroni and a real cheese sauce.
13. Buy fresh herbs and freeze any excess: place the extra in a Ziploc bag.
14. Freeze excess vegetables – chop up any items that are starting to get old; use them in soups, sauces, and omelets.
15. Make home-made snacks!
16. Skip the beverage aisle: Water is your family’s best choice of liquid. If you like coffee or tea – make it at home. If you’d like a sweet drink, make your own lemonade. Buy low fat/fat free milk or 100% juice if wanting to have something other than water.
17. Skip dessert! If your family likes an occasional treat, buy the ingredients and make them yourself (better yet, make it a family event and therefore, cheap entertainment for the evening!).
18. Track needed items by keeping a running list in the kitchen.
19. Check the prices PER UNIT – to determine whether the product is cheaper.



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