February 15, 2017

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How to Save When Shopping Healthy

How to Save When Shopping Healthy
By Maria England, ABS Team Member, NDTR

Often times we associate eating healthy with being expensive, but there are ways to eat healthy and still not break the bank at the grocery store. The main key is to prepare before hitting the aisles!

The biggest key to staying on budget well shopping for healthy foods is to make a list. A great way to start is by doing an inventory of what you have in your kitchen and noticing what staple foods you are low on. When you make your list you can also preplan your meals for the week, this way you have a better idea of what you need throughout the week and there won’t be any last minute runs to the store. Making a menu for the week will also help you to pick out healthier foods for the week, since we tend to pick fast and easy foods that aren’t always the healthiest for last minute meals.

After you have made a list, check your local stores for any deals on foods. This can be through flyers and coupons from your newspaper or online website ads. Most grocery stores now have apps that allow you to clip coupons on the app and have a barcode to scan when checking out. It is updated frequently so always make sure to check out the app before heading to the store for more deals. Also don’t forget to branch out a little bit and try new brands to save a little more!

When buying fruits and vegetables, buy items that are seasonal, because not only will they taste the best but also they will normally be on sale. Buying fresh fruits and vegetables also means there are less processed and won’t have added sugar and salt. Don’t forget you can always buy in season fruit and freeze them for later! Normally we associate healthy fruits and vegetables with being organic, but there is safer non-organic produce. There is actually the Dirty Dozen list, which lists the top 12 produce that you always want to buy organic and those that are safer to buy non-organic. Bananas are considered one of the least contaminated fruits, where as spinach is one of the most, so buying regular bananas is perfectly safe, but maybe spend a little extra on the organic spinach!

Another tip is to buy in bulk on staple items that are non-perishable. For example rice, beans, and oatmeal have a long shelf lives, and buying in bulk can be cheaper. But for items like produce and proteins, purchase only what you need so you reduce your waste. Remember to think about the proper portion size when buying these items, that way you can purchase only what you really will eat.

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Planning is the key to success when saving money on a healthy diet! If you have any additional tips feel free to leave them in the comments for everyone to learn from too!

 

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture 


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