With many Americans vowing to pay off credit card debt as well as shedding some pounds, sometimes it seems impossible to do both. There are plenty of healthy, cost effective ways to make sure you’re getting the right kind of nutrients while saving a few bucks. People often affiliate eating healthy with spending more money, but that’s not necessarily the case. Follow these simple, cardinal rules to keep your waistline and budget on track.
Food Shopping Sensibly and Savvy
The first thing you must remember about entering a grocery store is that everything is set up strategically to encourage you to spend money. So make sure you arrive armed with a game plan as to avoid any unnecessary purchases. Walking in with the slightest bit of hunger is one thing, but without a clue as to what you need is just a recipe for disaster.
Save Money by Planning Ahead
Begin by planning out healthy meals for the week. Use those cauliflower recipes you’ve pinned and swore you would try out! Planning out meals ahead of time will force you to only buy and eat those items. What do you already have? Make note of these items to avoid duplicates. Cruise the internet and any newspapers or magazine’s for coupons, but only for the things you need, otherwise it defeats the purpose.
Hang Around the Perimeter
The perimeter of the store is where all of the most healthy food is. Believe it or not, most isles in between are filled with processed, expensive food items that can be avoided altogether. If you do need to venture into the middle isles for spices or other materials, stay focused, you don’t want the cookie monster to grab you. Only stroll through the canned or frozen isle for vegetables as they can be a cheaper alternative.
It can be very tempting to buy so called ‘healthy’ pre-made meals. But take a peak at the sugar/sodium count and other added unrecognized ingredients, not to mention the price. More often than not you can make the meal yourself with real ingredients purchased right there in the store both cheaper and healthier than the pre-made meal itself.
By creating a strategy of what you’re going to eat before you enter the grocery store, you’ll save money, time and the chances of disrupting your healthy food and financial choices.
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