How to Shop on a Budget

Even when times are tough, your health and your waistline don’t have to suffer. Here are some tips to stretch your dollar.

1. Create a weekly menu.

Planning your meals ahead of time will keep you from making too many trips to the grocery store and eliminate the guesswork about what’s for dinner.

2. Make your list and stick to it!

With your weekly menu in hand, create a grocery list for essentials — and don’t stray from it!

3. Buy fruits and vegetables in season.

Many fruits and veggies are sold year-round but some may cost less when they’re in season.

4. Buy frozen or canned fruits and vegetables.

Buying fresh sometimes costs more, and it may not last as long. But your food will be tastier and healthier without the sodium and sugar that may be in canned or frozen products. Be sure to check the label and choose reduced/ sodium-free and no added sugar products.

5. Eat in.

Dining out can really make a dent in your wallet. You’ll control your cost, portion size and nutrition.

6. Buy in bulk.

You may save money by buying in bulk (if you need large quantities) or by stocking up on sale items.

7. Save for later.

If you have leftovers, freeze them so you’ll have another meal for later.

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