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Walking into the grocery store without a plan— or a shopping list—can be risky, especially with so many products hitting the shelves every week and temptation is at your fingertips. And let’s face it—healthy food can be expensive, making it even more difficult to try to eat well while on a budget. However,
there are many creative ways to eat wholesome foods and save money at the same time. Here are some helpful tips for filling up on healthy foods without breaking the bank:
HEAD TO THE SUPERMARKET WITH A PLAN
Start your grocery list by planning meals a week in advance. Scan your cupboards and refrigerator to see what you already have—so you only buy what you’re sure you will use.
CIRCLE THE PERIMETER
Stick to your grocery list when you’re shopping by taking a lap around the store’s perimeter first, which is where the freshest foods are typically located, such as produce, dairy, and meat.
WHOLE FORM > PROCESSED FORM
Whole foods are often less expensive than their processed counterparts, such as a block of cheese versus shredded cheese. The less processed foods are also usually sold in larger quantities, yielding more servings per package.
OPT FOR GENERIC
Did you know that most supermarkets offer a generic brand for nearly every product? All food manufacturers have to follow food safety standards—generic brands should relatively be the same quality as name brands, just less expensive.
BUY FROZEN FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Frozen fruits, berries, and vegetables can be just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts—and are great for cooking, making smoothies, or as toppings for yogurt or oatmeal. Plus, they are available year-round.
NO NEED TO FEAR FLAVOR BOREDOM!
Over time, it will get easier to make healthy buying decisions and to learn how to swap out some items for similarly priced alternatives (e.g., canned black beans for canned pinto beans).