Budget-Friendly Shopping Tips

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-03-11 10:41:00 -0500
Started 2012-03-08 07:39:09 -0600

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Eating healthfully can sometimes be expensive, but with some planning, you can easily follow the South Beach Diet and enjoy the foods you love without breaking your budget. Here are five ways to cut down on spending at the grocery store:

Make a list. Before you hit the grocery store, plan the meals you’ll be making for the next two or three days, or even the next week, so you can pick up all the ingredients you’ll need.

Buy in bulk. While buying foods in bulk is initially more expensive, it can often save you money in the long run. But be careful — if you're buying fresh foods in bulk, make sure you eat them before they spoil. Otherwise, you're wasting money.

Go for beans. It doesn't get any cheaper or healthier than whole, dried beans. You can usually buy a one-pound bag of beans for less than two dollars. Beans can be used in soups, salads, chili, or be served as a side dish.

Shop at your local farmers’ market. The foods there are fresher than at the supermarket and often cost less in season. Tip: If you’re on a tight budget, wait until the late afternoon to do your shopping — this is when you are likely to get better bargains, since many vendors prefer not to truck their produce back to the farm.

Opt for simple meals. One of the best ways to save money is to keep your meals easy. Serve grilled or broiled fish, meat, or poultry as the main dish, for example, with a steamed vegetable and a side salad. Make extra and use the leftovers for lunch the following day.

Strategize ways to save. Familiarize yourself with your grocery store circular to see what’s on sale and take advantage of coupons. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save if you make the effort!

10 replies

GabbyPA 2012-03-08 07:41:20 -0600 Report

One of my favorite things on this list is to keep our meals simple. That is a great idea for many reasons. One is that it also makes it easier to count carbs. When I do combined one dish meals, it is complicated and hard to count the carbs and calories.

Nick1962 2012-03-09 11:48:32 -0600 Report

Couldn't agree more. That's why I eat primative. Some salt and pepper on a chicken, a few veggies and I'm set.

GabbyPA 2012-03-09 14:12:12 -0600 Report

I need to do that more...I am a casserole gal. I guess that is from my Minnesota roots. Summer is coming soon, and I eat salads most of the time and we grill a lot more. So that is always easier to deal with.

Nick1962 2012-03-09 14:21:10 -0600 Report

Oh I'm with you there. I was just across the border in Wisconsin. You never went anywhere without a "covered dish". Although now tuna noodle casserole is grounds for divorce with me. Funny how BBQ is a verb up north, but a noun down here.

GabbyPA 2012-03-09 14:28:01 -0600 Report

LOL...yeah, I don't do the tuna. My husband doesn't like that, even though I have a couple of good variations on it. We can grill almost anything and now I am going to build a solar cooker...more experiments in simple foods.

Nick1962 2012-03-10 18:38:17 -0600 Report

Remember those from camping days! we just threw in some ground beef, carrots, corn, and salt and pepper, then hike for the day and dinner was done. Crock pot without the cord!

GabbyPA 2012-03-11 10:25:48 -0500 Report

Yes, I did it on my trip out to New Mexico last year. I experimented with a make shift one. Of course it was a cloudy day...bummer, but it still worked to a point. Aluminum foil is my friend!

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