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8 Healthy Ways To Save On Groceries

Unless you grow your own food or have a ranch with livestock, you need to get to the grocery store to restock your food supplies from time to time. 

Grocery shopping is definitely something we all have to do, even though choosing the right foods can be quite difficultAdditionally, trying to find low-priced healthy food items can be nearly impossible in today's economic climate. To assist you with your affordable healthy grocery shopping, these following tips can help make things easier than ever:





1.  Never, ever go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Your wallet will greatly appreciate it.



2.  Fresh fruit & meat is almost always less expensive than its pre-packaged counterpart. But, if you just have to get canned goods, select fruits and tuna that are packed in water, not oil or syrup.


3.  Look at the labels for the words "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated". The earlier you see them appear on the list, the higher the amount of unhealthy trans fatty acids the food will contain.

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4.  Skinless poultry is very convenient, but if buy it "skin on" and take the time to remove the skin prior to cooking you could save 25% or more over the cost of the prepared version.


5.  Leaner cuts of meats are the kings of the butcher's case, but they may also cost you a king's ransom to purchase. Simple solution: look for a slightly less leaner version of the cut or even a different type of meat to save some cash. Sometimes for just a few cents more the butcher will even trim excess fat from the "cheaper cuts". Just ask.



6.  Give cantaloupe a try. At just 95 calories, half of this healthy melon will provide more than a day's supply of Vitamin C and beta carotene. In season, cantaloupe can actually be one of the most affordable melons available.


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 7.  Don't get suckered into the latest "yogurt health craze" by buying yogurt covered by nuts or raisins. Did you know that the "yogurt coating" is normally made completely of refined sugar and partially hydrogenated oils?  When you carefully compare them, these products tend to be twice as expensive as buying a real yogurt-based product.



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8.  Fruits and nuts are the best snacks to indulge in. Sometimes though, your budget may not realistically allow it. In that case, try some low fat & low salt versions of classic treats such as pretzels, ginger snaps, and angel food cake.


By following the above tips when grocery shopping, you'll avoid the bad foods and get those that you need. There are many different affordable healthy foods at the grocery store, all it takes is a little know-how and common sense when you go shopping.


Got some more tips?

Let everybody know you save money & shop healthy at the market!


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Comments

5ugnAthe1 said…
My family and I grow most of our food in my back yard. I almost never go to the grocery store just for the simple fact that I know first hand how it is grown and I know that it will never contain any unwanted hormones or artificial pesticides. Additionally, I find it to be way cheaper and tastes way better than most of the crap that passes for food in the grocery store. I try to only buy non-consumables from stores these days.
Kurt M said…
Thanks for commenting, 5ugnAthe1!

Growing your own veggies is a great way to save money & also be sure that you and your family are not getting any harmful additives in your food (if the soil you are using is unpolluted). The savings of growing your own vegetables is huge. I highly recommend it to anyone that is able to safely do so.

Thanks again for commenting!

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