Save on Groceries with These Tips

April 10, 2017 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

525345550.jpgThere are many ways to buy healthy items at the grocery store and save a little money. Try these tips for every aisle.

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Buy in season produce. They will be less expensive and have the peak flavor. Don’t over purchase so you don’t have any waste. View this quick reference to see what is in season.
  • Try buying canned items and choose fruit canned in 100 percent fruit juice and vegetables with low-sodium or no salt added. These items are still nutritious and last longer than fresh but with a lower price.
  • Buy frozen vegetables without added sauces or butter. These items are nutritious and may cost less and last longer than the fresh variety.

Grains

  • Make at least half your grains whole grain. Check the ingredient lists and pick items that have whole grain listed first.
  • Whole grains include whole wheat, brown rice, bulgur, buckwheat, oatmeal, whole-grain cornmeal, whole oats, and whole rye.
  • Rice and pasta are budget-friendly options.
  • Choose hot cereals like oatmeal or whole grain dry cereal.
  • Try whole grain snacks like whole wheat crackers or popping your own popcorn.

Protein

  • Buy low-cost items like beans and peas (kidney beans, split peas and lentils). Add as a side or main dish.
  • Purchase family-sized or value pack and freeze what you don’t use when purchasing meat. Choose lean meats like chicken and turkey, or ground beef when it is 92 percent lean.
  • Seafood can be cheaper if you buy canned tuna, salmon or sardines. They also have a longer shelf life than fresh seafood.
  • Eggs are a great, low-cost option that is easy to prepare.
  • Learn more how you can vary your protein routine.

Dairy

  • Choose low fat or fat-free milk. They provide as much calcium but fewer calories than whole and 2 percent.
  • Purchase the large size of low-fat plain yogurt instead of individual sized/flavored ones. You can add in your own flavors by mixing in fruits.
  • Choose reduced-fat cheese or low fat.
  • Double check the sell by date to make sure you are buying the freshest dairy products and can use it in time.

Learn about how you can also save on healthcare costs with Starmark’s Ways to Save, an educational resource online to help you become an empowered consumer of healthcare.

Source: Shop Smart to Fill Your Cart. USDA ChooseMyPlate.gov. April 14, 2017.

 

Entry filed under: Cost Savings, Managing your health, To Your Health.

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