Eat Healthy and… Affordably!

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August 21, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

Eating healthier tends to have the reputation of being costly. However, this does not have to be the case. Use the following tips to help you save money when you shop.

Plan Ahead
       Make a list to help narrow your options down at the store. Think of recipes you want to make the upcoming week and put items on the list that you need to make them to ensure you won’t buy anything you don’t need or won’t use just yet. The best way to cut back on unhealthy foods is not buying them, and then when you are hungry and deciding what to eat in your house you won’t have them as an option.

Search and save coupons for when you go to the store. Try looking in the local paper or printing from the website. Also join your local favorite supermarkets club to receive discounted prices and receive coupons geared towards your purchases.

Tip: try cooking more recipes and buying less already prepared, frozen meals to eat healthier and save some money at the same time.

Have a strategy
        First, don’t shop when you are hungry because you will be tempted by almost anything you’ve ever liked that you pass by. Shop the perimeters of the store first to get your necessities before making your way through the inner aisles. Buy store brand instead of the pricier name brands. And most often than not items in bulk will get your more for your money. However, if it is something that can expire quickly you should think twice. Will you be able to eat it quick enough? Will you have a place to store it?

Buy In Season and On Sale
        Don’t make of the mistake by buying something because it’s on sale. If you wouldn’t buy the item if it weren’t on sale you shouldn’t buy it now. But, if there are items that are good substitutes for something on your list or something you normally buy that is on sale, go for it!

Seasonal produce is always a great value and usually tastes the best too. Try your local farmers market for the best deals. If you want an item that is out of season and on the pricier side, opt for canned or frozen.

Double Check the Receipt
         If you’re buying items on a discounted price make sure you actually are getting them for that price. Watch what they come up as on the register and check over your receipt before you leave to make sure everything adds up correctly. Sometimes you only get the discount if you buy a certain quantity or sometimes the discount applies only to a certain quantity.

Prevent Food Waste
        Keep an eye out for the expiration and use by dates to help you select the freshest food. The best dates will be stored behind the closer ones so take the time to search out the latest date.

Tip: non-dairy milk is that it has great health benefits and also doesn’t go bad quickly.

Try making the grocery store your last stop before going home so you can put perishable items in the refrigerator right away.

Freezing food items is an easy way to keep it from going bad. If you aren’t eating your bread quick enough freeze it. Then when you go to eat it just pop it in the toaster to heat it up. Freezing fruits is good as well and then they are great for smoothies. If you want to make recipes in bulk or have lots of leftovers you can freeze the amount you don’t think you will be able to eat in a week’s time.

Source: eatright.org

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