Inevitably, after every shopping trip I feel slightly shocked, and taken advantage of, after realizing how ridiculous the price of food is. Then again, after I settle down, get it together and realize that I spent less through groceries than if I were eating out all the time, my nerves are appeased...lately, though, I have had a nagging feeling that despite the money i'm saving through having a well stocked kitchen, I could be saving more, hence my excitement when I checked up on one of my favorite health websites today mercola.com and saw an article that proved to be highly beneficial! Here is an exert:
Here are the 14 top tips you need to know to find healthy food, even on a tight budget:
- Choose local foods over organic foods.
- If all that’s available or affordable is fresh, conventionally grown produce, buy it, wash it well at home, and eat it.
- Look for local farms and food coops offering raw dairy products, eggs, produce, and grass-fed meat. This will allow you to cut out the middleman and save money. Buying in large quantities, such as a side of grass-fed beef, can also save you money in the long run as long as you have room to freeze it (and you consume it before it goes bad).
- Skip prepared or pre-cut foods, which can cost up to double the amount as the unprepared versions.
- Plan your meals ahead of time (including cooking large batches and freezing some for later) so you don’t splurge on expensive, unhealthy fast-food at the last minute.
- Pass on junk foods like potato chips, soda, cookies, candy, and other snacks. These are a complete waste of money.
- Buy lots of fresh veggies, they’re usually less expensive than canned versions (just make sure you use them before they go bad).
- Only buy what you need. Keep track of what’s in your pantry so you don’t double-up on foods unnecessarily.
- Clip coupons and use them when you can (but don’t buy something unhealthy just because it’s on sale).
- Watch the register when you check out of the grocery store. They often ring up wrong prices, at your expense.
- Shop with a calculator so you can determine if it’s really a better deal to buy something in bulk.
- Watch weekly specials, and be aware of what’s really a good price. You can often find organic produce on sale for less than conventional produce if you know what prices to watch for.
- If you have the space, grow your own fresh veggies such as greens, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans, etc.
- Remember this rule of thumb: Fresh food is always better than frozen, but frozen is better than canned.
Have a great weekend!
Mercola.com. 7 January 2008. Dr Mercola. 12 January 2008 [www.mercola.com].