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06-25-2007, 01:08 AM #1certifiedjunkfinderGuest
Article: Eating Healthy On A Budget
Eating Healthy On A Budget
By: Judy Turner
We all know that we need to eat better but isn't it frustrating that
the healthier you try to eat the more money you seem to spend? It
doesn't have to be that way. Here are just a few tips to help you
feed your family nutritious meals without breaking your budget.
1) Plan your meals around the sales. Stores routinely rotate sales
items every 6 weeks so plan accordingly and stock up. Is chicken
breast on sale this week? Instead of buying 1 pack purchase several
packs, separate into family size portions and freeze. If you
routinely purchased only what was on sale (besides the perishables
you need each week) you will soon have a well stocked freezer and
pantry as well as a smaller grocery bill.
2) Avoid purchasing boxed foods. Most boxed foods are full of
preservatives and trans fats so it is best to avoid them. Do you like
the convenience of boxed foods? There are several good cookbooks and
recipes online for making homemade mixes to keep on hand. Everything
from homemade cookie mix to macaroni and cheese and more. Put these
mixes in a pretty jar with the directions to prepare and it also
makes a nice frugal gift!
3) Use coupons wisely. How many times have you gone to the store with
a fist full of coupons only to come home spending more than you
planned? The key to saving with coupons is to only purchase the items
you would normally use anyway. You will also find that the store
brand may still be the better bargain. If your coupons are used at
the same time an item is on sale you may also end up getting it for
next to nothing, if not free!
4) Do a coupon exchange. Check with family and friends who get the
Sunday paper and exchange coupons for ones you can use. That way you
can really stock up when your favorite items are on sale and you have
5) Buy produce in season. It will taste much better and you will
usually pay less. Also in the warmer months be sure to take advantage
of farmers markets for low prices on produce. Buy items like peppers
and onions when on sale, chop them and freeze them for quick recipes
during the week. Zucchini can be shredded and frozen for zucchini
bread and other recipes.
6) Make your grocery list and stick to it. Beware of those impulse
7) Shop after dinner. You wont be tempted to pick up take out because
you are too tired and hungry to cook when you get home.
8) Shop alone whenever possible. Nothing blows a budget quicker than
when your kids are with you! You will also get out of the store much
quicker which will actually save you money.
9) When buying meat think of recipes where you can get more than one
meal out of it. Meatsauce is still satisfying with half the amount of
ground beef. Slice up other cuts of meat for stir fries or to put on
top of a nice salad and you have a quick healthy meal.
10) Don't be loyal to just one store. Most grocery stores have
certain items priced really low to get your business. If you have
several grocery stores in your area try and take advantage of what
deals each store has to offer.
11) Have breakfast for dinner once in a while. An omelette, toast and
fresh fruit is very economical and very quick to cook on a busy
These are just a few tips to help you save money while eating better.
I hope that you find some or all of them useful for your family!