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February 24, 2015

Healthy Grocery Shopping on the Cheap

Eating healthy saves you lots of money because you aren’t eating out all the time. You have your healthy meals prepared and can stay on top of tracking your macros easily.

Eating healthy can be even cheaper if you follow these tips I have for you today!

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So pay close attention & try to start incorporating them into your weekly grocery shopping habits.

  1. Always check the price per weight to compare brands and sizes. When there are two types of chicken breasts side by side, compare they price per weight, not just their overall cost. Because you can get more for you money that way!
  2. Shop the perimeter of the store first. The produce, dairy, and meats are usually around the perimeter. So fill your cart with these healthier items so you won’t get as much of the processed and less-healthy foods!
  3. Buy store brand instead of name brand. I usually at least give store brand a shot. Most of the time it is just as good. So you could be saving money! We especially love a lot of Costco’s “Kirkland” brand.
  4. Make a grocery list. Having a list to shop off of will decrease the chances of you throwing extra things into your cart, that you really don’t need.
  5. Know when to buy organic and when not. The Environmental Working Group issued a list of produce that are dirty and should definitely be bought organic. But others, you don’t have to, so you can save money! Here’s the Dirty Dozen: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, and strawberries.
  6. Avoid pre-cut items. Items that are already cut up like apples, carrots, celery, etc usually cost you double! And it honestly doesn’t take that long to wash and cut them on your own.
  7. Buy in bulk.  I know this may be difficult if you live alone. Because it may be hard to eat all the food you buy before it goes bad. However if you live with a significant other or family, then you are much more able to buy in bulk and save money overall. Then you can cook in bulk 1-2x/week to save you time as well as money!
  8. Grow your own produce. Now, I have to be honest, I don’t have a green thumb or space for this. But for those of you that are better equipped, this is a great way to save money! Grow your own lettuce, fruits, and even herbs!
  9. Use coupons and sales. You will find that using a coupon on top of a sale is the way to go. So look up weekly stores’ sales and then find coupons to use on top of the sale. Coupons can be found online or in the Sunday paper. There are also some great apps these days like Ibotta that you can find complete easy tasks to earn savings off products at nearly every major store!

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