I know, some of people would think that eating healthy can be a lot more expensive than, let’s say, getting that happy meal from fast food stores. But if you really plan it and stop buying junks all together, it will save you a lot of money in return… not only whole foods are rich and complete in nutrition, think about future medical bills, eh!
– Before creating your weekly meal plan, check your kitchen to see what you already have.
– Check weekly grocery ads online, in the newspaper, or ask for a copy when you arrive at the grocery store.
– Build meals with whole grains (brown rice, quinoa), using small amounts of red meat, poultry, fish or eggs to complete them but definitely stock up on vegetables (I prefer frozen veggies).
– Plan how to use leftovers when you do your weekly meal planning to save time and money. For example, plan to use leftover cooked meats and vegetables from tonight and make a stew for tomorrow.
– Always make a list for the grocery store, even if it only contains a few items.
– Always use your grocery list and stick to it.
– Shop less often. The more you shop, the more you spend.
– Look for the unit price tag on shelves to compare costs.
– Use coupon only for the food that you would buy anyway. Take advantage of sales plus coupons.
– Stock up on sale foods if you have room to store them.
– Loyalty to brand names can cost you a LOT. Try lower cost generic and store brands.
– Buy only the amount of food your family will eat before it spoils, or have plan to store it (for example: freeze ripe bananas for use in smoothies).
– Don’t shop when you’re hungry!
– Find store that offers bargains on day-old bread.
– Buy regular grains and oatmeal instead of the instant, and packaged types.
– Choose fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season.
– Make a list of frozen veggies and fruits that your family really enjoys.
– Buy (almond) milk in larger containers if you can use that much before the expiration date.
– Substitute beans, peas, or tofu from meat, poultry and fish (great if you’re vegan).
– Buy whole chickens and cut them yourself.
– Buy less expensive cuts of meats, and look for specials.
– Buy bulk foods (sold in bins) to get just the amount you need.
I hope you find this post valuable and have learned from it.
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