Want to cut down on your food costs without compromising on nutrition? A few simple changes to your shopping habits can save you dollars at the checkout.
Beware the can
Fresh fruit and vegetables can be expensive. A more economical choice might be to purchase frozen vegetables, as they keep for longer and cost less. Beware canned fruits and vegetables though – some canned veggies are high in sodium, and most canned fruits are high in sugar.
Pack a lunchbox
If you are going out for the day pack yourself a sandwich and some snacks. Eating out can get very expensive, and the food is usually higher in sugar and fat than what you would make for yourself at home.
Shop when full
Never shop on an empty stomach. Have one of the big meals of the day before you brave the supermarket – this will stop you from impulse buying, or buying too much.
Homebrand won’t bite
Most supermarkets stock its own brand of foods. These are often cheaper than brand name foods, and the only real difference is the packaging.
Home-grown fruit and veggies are much cheaper, much tastier, and gardening is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy! If you don’t have a big enough garden to start a vegetable patch, why not contact your local council to find out about community gardens?
Reader tip: One of our fantastic readers suggested purchasing hydroponic lettuce, and then planting it in a shady part of the garden as this helps it to last much longer. I haven’t tried this myself – can anyone else confirm that this works?
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