January 23, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter
Below are some tips on how to keep your grocery bills in check while still keeping your pantry and refrigerator healthy!
- Make a list, and stick to it: Plan your meals for the week, then make a list of what you will need at the store. This will cut down on impulse purchases.
- Grab some bags: sacks of onions, potatoes, apples, and oranges usually cost less than items sold individually.
- Prep on your own: while bagged salads and grated cheese may seem more convenient, they usually cost more. Shred your own lettuce and carrots, grate your own cheese, and slice your own apples. It is also less expensive to create your own individual snacks. Use small baggies for pretzels, nuts, crackers, and dried fruits. Individual bags of snacks will also prevent the snacker from eating more than one serving.
- Put the receipt on the fridge: this is a great way to keep inventory of what is in your kitchen and is also a reminder of your family’s budget.
- Eat in season: produce that is in season is at the peak of its’ tastiness and nutrition. It is also usually less expensive- asparagus in the spring, berries in the summer, grapefruit in the winter, and squash in the fall.
- Eat out less than once a week: this will be kind to both your wallet and waistline.
How do you keep your family on a budget?
Source: Chicago Tribune