Eat Healthy and Save Money

Eat Healthy and Save Money

  • That’s right – eating well doesn’t have to break your bank.
  • These days, it seems everyone is looking for ways to cut back on spending and find the best deals. This means lowering your
    monthly utility bills and not buying that new luxury vehicle. And it also
    means watching your dimes during your weekly trip to the grocery store.
    How can we save money on our food but still eat a healthy, well-balanced
    diet? Read on and you will find key ways to reduce your grocery bill
    without going hungry. All it takes is a little research and a plan.
  • First:
    The first step is to make a plan. Determine what you would like to eat for an entire week. Then, examine your cabinets and refrigerator for what you
    currently have and make a list of what you still need before you head to
    the store. Once in the store, don’t veer off to meet your sudden cravings.
    Instead, stick to your list, without making any exceptions. When you have
    meal options already in your kitchen, you will be less likely to eat out
    or to stop for quick, more expensive foods to fix.
  • Second: A second way to eat healthy on a tight budget is to watch for sales. Many grocery stores offer buy-one-get-one-free deals or other great discounts.
    It is helpful if you know how much items normally cost before you jump on
    a sale that might not really be that great of a deal. But if something truly is on sale, you may want to stock up on items you know you can use in the future.
  • Third:
    Another way to save on groceries is to cut coupons. Sure, this may seem
    like an inconvenience that’s not worth your time, but if you invest a
    little of your time, you can save a lot of money. For the best coupons,
    find out if your grocery store accepts multiple coupons for a single item,
    such as the store coupon, a manufacturer’s coupon, or even a competitor’s
    coupon. Frequenting grocery stores that accept any coupon you have makes
    it much easier to save. To find coupons, check your local newspaper or
    magazines. But don’t think that’s the only place to find deals. Many
    companies offer online coupons that can be printed off and used at will.
  • When you go to the grocery store, you find that the cheapest calories are the
    ones that are going to make you the fattest.

    Amanda Zimmerman
  • Fourth:
    A sure way to eat healthy on the cheap is to shop along the edges of your
    grocery store. If you notice, it is in the center aisles where the
    majority of your more expensive, packaged foods are located. You can find
    fresh meats in the deli, whole grain bread from the bakery, milk products
    in the dairy section, and fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables in the
    produce section, which are all on the outskirts of any grocery store.
  • Fifth:
    Another way to save money on groceries is to buy the store brand. For many
    food products, you will not be able to taste the difference between more
    expensive brands and the cheaper store brand. In fact, you may find
    yourself preferring the flavor of the cheaper alternative and you may be
    surprised to find out how healthy the store brands often are.
  • Sixth:
    If you have the time, it definitely pays to prepare your own food instead
    of buying pre-made meals or snacks available at the grocery store. When
    you make your own meals, you know what ingredients you are putting into
    each food (and your body), and you can be sure they are good for you. Good
    places to begin making your own food are popcorn (Why not pop it on the
    stove?) or homemade cookies or muffins (Have the kids lend a hand). Before
    long, you’ll be enjoying homemade meals every day, and your pocketbook
    will thank you.
  • Finally:
    Eating a healthy diet does not have to be expensive. All it takes is a
    plan and a little extra time. So be smart at the grocery store, stick to
    your list, use coupons, look for deals, prepare your own food, and take
    heart knowing that your body and your bank account are healthy.

About dkpilates

Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Personnel trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Don teaches Contemporary and the Authentic forms of Pilates, in the later 90's, Don began his study of Yoga. His study of Yoga includes the Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram, and Astanga disciplines. His other areas of interest in fitness include Martial Arts, Spin, Boot Camp Training, and Weight Training. Don has extensive training and certifications from AFFA, IDEA, MadDog, B-Fit and Polestar. Don Continues his of Pilates education with Michelle Larson in Santa Fe New Mexico. His personal philosophy related to fitness is to aid students in a personalized balance of strength, stamina and flexibility. He is dedicated to design a program specifically for his students independent of the season of their life to create functional movement and help them reach their fitness goals.
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