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8 Grocery Saving Tips for Healthy Food That Won’t Break The Bank

Have you been hesitant to change your diet because you worry that buying fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats will increase your grocery costs? Do you feel that eating healthy items is beyond your reach and just for those in a certain income bracket? I am here to share with you 8 tips that can crush your budget concerns that might be deterring you from adopting better eating habits. Consider these money saving shopping tips that will keep you healthy and your budget on track:

Shop at the farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets are cropping up again all over the country. Visit later in the day for deep discounts on produce vendors would rather not cart home. It may not be looking pretty, but it will taste just as good.

Give up soda (aka fizzy drinks). Not only have studies shown that the consumption of sugary soft drinks contributes to obesity, but the zero calorie versions add nothing in the way of nutrition. Trim these beverages from your shopping list along with juices and sport drinks for savings that add up over time.

Buy in-season and local. Produce is less expensive when it’s in season and grown locally. Build meals around fruits and vegetables that are currently plentiful—you’re more likely to find them on sale. I buy blueberries in season and freeze for use in smoothies.

Go frozen. Most frozen fruits and vegetables are as nutritious as their fresh counterparts—and often less expensive. Watch for sales and consider frozen varieties of versatile favorites including berries, peas, corn, beans and spinach.

Try cheaper proteins. Lean meats including chicken and fish are diet staples, but you can save money on meals when you substitute eggs, lentils, beans or whole grains a few times each week.

Buy generic. Why do name brands cost more than store brands? The answer is because their manufacturers spend loads of cash on pricy advertising. Choosing generic versions of most foods will get you the same nutrition at a lower price.

Shop the bulk aisle. Most grocery stores have a section where you can buy product “in bulk.” Look there for pastas, grains, beans, nuts, dried fruits and other staples. Because they don’t include packaging, the price is often lower. I saved $3 on the same amount of sea salt because I purchased it from the bulk aisle.

Plan your attack. Take time once a week to plan out meals and snacks before visiting the store with a list of essentials. When creating your menu, consider items already in your pantry as well as current sales.

Studies have shown that losing even 5 percent of your body weight—or 7.5 pounds if you’re a 150-pound woman—can make a big difference to your health. Try some of these tips on your next shopping trip.

To Your Vibrant Life!

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