Easy Tips on Buying Healthy Grocery Without Exceeding Your Budget
Today, times are economically cold and harsh. Inflation has swallowed everything. When you go out shopping, you are shocked when you hear the man at the counter say, “Ma’am this pack of beans costs $4.99!!”Why won’t you be surprised when you used to get the same product at $1.50 and you can’t even tell him to price it down!
With food and fuel prices rocketing sky high, it becomes difficult to manage a monthly budget for your grocery shopping. Do you know what that means? When people get worried about food prices, this signifies a trouble in maintaining a healthy diet and that’s not a good sign. However, you can still save yourself from this anxiety by buying healthy and nutritious foods without exceeding your budget. Here is how you do it:
1. When you go out for grocery shopping remember to make a list of items you need, so you drive to a place where you can easily find everything you need. This saves much of your time and effort, and most importantly, you gas expenses, because you wouldn’t have to make extra trips to different convenience stores to shop for things you couldn’t find at one shop.
2. You made up your mind for shopping, made a list of items you need and you are at the store buying them. But, please buy only those products which you need, i.e. the enlisted items, nothing extra. I’ve noticed many people go shopping and come back home bringing extra food items. Well, if you want to maintain your budget, you got to stick with the original plan.
3. It’s a healthy practice to buy generic food products. Besides, they all are the same; it’s only the labels that have separated them. They come at price lower than what the ‘branded foods could cost.
4. It’s about time you subtract processed and prepared foods from your daily diet. Processed and prepared foods, including frozen items are not a very healthy, since they have numerous preservatives and other additives to prolong their shelf life and have nothing natural about them.
5. Buy bulk items, they are more economical than buying individual food packages. Besides you can reserve them to be used in future. It’s never goes to a waste. Just jar them out on in different containers and use them anytime your need calls for it.
6. Always buy fresh fruits and vegetables which are in season. Never go for preserved ones because they are injected with various chemicals which might be harmful for health in the long run.
7. Impulsive shopping is a bad habit. Always shop when you have a need or when you feel hungry. And never buy fattening or sweet products when you are hungry otherwise, you will crash your entire diet plan. Just remember, sweet items including chocolates, sweetened breads, cakes, ice-cream etc. mean extra calories and nothing else.
9. It’s better to purchase items on sale or buy from a sales coupon. Always check for expiry dates on food items on sale. It’s better to buy products which have a longer life and can be stocked up for future. But tell you what, sometimes you find generic items still being much cheaper than name brand foods. So, when buying through a sales coupon, buy items which you think will cost much low.
10. When purchasing dairy products, always buy them from local farmers’ markets. Take my word, you will get fresh products and reasonably priced, plus fewer transportation costs.
11. Shopping can be hectic. So, it’s best to keep a bottle of water with you at all times or some healthy snacks to munch on, in case you feel thirsty or hungry. This way, you wouldn’t be inclined to get yourself something from the store and what I’ve experienced is that people often go for sweet products, buy a pack of chips, or even stop by at candy vending machines. That is so not recommended.
13. If you ask me, it’s better to go for fresh fruits then buying preserved juices. Eating an apple every day and drinking plentiful water is healthier than drinking a glass of preserved juice. Take fruits rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
14. Be less a meat-y person and more a veggie person. Foods with meat tend to be slightly pricier than meatless dishes. You can look for other sources of proteins such as beans and legumes. Go for food recipes that use meat as an ingredient or in lesser quantity such as spaghetti, casserole, or salads for that matter. They not only are pocket-friendly but nutritious too.
If you want to keep a slim waistline, then trim your food bill. Happy shopping!