Save Green While Eating Green
(BlackDoctor.org) — ”I want to eat healthier; I just don’t have the money.” If this is your number-one excuse, then you should come up with a better one because there is a remedy. Groceries are expensive, especially these days, when many of us are struggling to make ends meet and food prices continue to rise. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money on your grocery bill without giving up on your desire to eat healthier. We all have a variety of challenges and circumstances, so select the suggestions below that will work for you and your family.
Don’t shop on an empty stomach The cardinal sin of grocery shopping—hitting the store when you’re hungry—will put you over budget faster than you can say "junk food."
Plan ahead At the very least, make a list before you shop. At the very best, plan your weekly menu or list a few main dishes that you can eat throughout the week.
Buy generic Held to the same standards as name-brand versions,
Shop alone Sometimes this just isn’t possible, but if you can shop by yourself.
Bring your calculator Sometimes the largest container of tomato sauce, for instance
Make smart substitutions This one may be hard, but it has the potential to save you a great deal.
Buy whole foods Sometimes, the less processed a food is, the cheaper it is per serving.
Buy in bulk Long a staple of natural food stores, bulk or “bag and weigh” sections
Don’t get stuck in the middle (of the grocery store. Packaged foods have been condensed, salted, refined, sweetened or otherwise processed.
Consider non-meat sources of protein Try substituting one meat meal per week with a vegetarian meal to save money and benefit your health.
Read ads and clip coupons A “loss leader” is a sale item that a store is actually selling at a loss in order to get you in the door.
DIY If you’re really craving a special treat, make it from scratch.
Eat seasonally In-season produce costs less, thanks to the law of supply and demand.
Carry out—from your kitchen Packing your lunch, snacks, drinks and other meals are usually less expensive and healthier than eating out.
Grow your own food Plants are cheap, and seeds are even cheaper.