If you are on a diet, heading to the grocery store can usually get expensive. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to save some money, and still stay on your diet. The key to a healthy successful diet is lots of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and practicing portion control. Since fresh produce can often be very costly, you can go ahead and push your cart past the stands of apples and onions, and look for other products. Also, buying in bulk doesn’t mean you have to eat in bulk. Here are 5 simple tips to take with you when you head to the grocery store.
1. Get Canned Vegetables and Fruits. As long as they are in water, and you check the sodium content, they are still a healthy and nutritious option for dieters. You also have access to a lot more fruits and vegetables this way. Since they have a long shelf life, you can stock up when they are sale.
2. Buy Frozen Fruits and Vegetables. Grabbing a bag of mixed vegetables for $1.00, instead of paying for 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, snap peas, carrots, and broccoli, will save you a ton of money. Also, it is so easy to whip up a quick healthy meal by just opening a bag of mixed vegetables, cooking some brown rice, and adding chicken or tuna.
3. Purchase Snacks In Bulk. Instead of buying little 100 calorie packages, or small boxes of things, buy in high volume. When you get home, read the serving suggestions, then separate and portion in some zip lock baggies. Don’t do the whole box, just a few that you will use throughout the week. Place the remaining food in the box in tupperware so it stays fresh. Only portion out a few a week, and that’s all you will eat.
4. Buy and Freeze. Buying any meats, or fruits and vegetables on sale, and freezing them is a great way to save money. Especially if it is harvest season and you have local farmers markets. You can get produce cheap, take it home, wash it, and freeze it. Take it out and eat it accordingly. Watch for certain items on sale at your local grocers as well. Chicken, turkey burger, and turkey bacon can easily be kept frozen for around 6-8 months.
5. Save leftovers. Left over chicken from lunch, combined with leftover veggies from last night’s dinner can be today’s dinner. Save all of your leftovers, combine them, and make new meals out of them. This is one of the easiest ways for a dieter to save money and eat free. Also, you are more likely to eat healthy, if something is already made for you.
When heading to the grocery store keep these tips in mind. Watch for sales on frozen foods, canned foods, and anything that you like to eat. Keeping your kitchen stocked is going to help you stay on track, and if you can do it on a budget, you will be more likely to do it longer.