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Cut Costs, Not Nutrition: Part Two

I recently told you about a few tips on how to cut costs at the grocery store while keeping your meals nutritious. And University of Michigan Health System nutritionist Holly Scherer has come up with a few more ways to keep eating healthy and cost effective. They are:

  • Look for the generic or store brand.
  • Stock up on nonperishables when they go on sale.
  • Avoid the temptation of the cookie aisle and the chip aisle. Spend more time in the perimeter of the store, where the fresh products are, and really focus on the fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and the low-fat dairy.
  • Use coupons, but only for things that you normally would buy, not a lot of high-fat, high-sugar foods.
  • Cook at home instead of going out to eat.
  • When you do eat out and you know that a restaurant serves large portions, have them bag half the meal right when they serve it and eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.

What are some of your own tips for eating healthy on a budget?


Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 9 years
Go to the farmer's market for produce if you have one nearby. They are usually cheaper than the supermarket, not to mention fresher and usually not sprayed with pesticides.
tkylem tkylem 9 years
Just.... don't eat lol that's what I'll be doing until payday next week
luiyuming luiyuming 9 years
I agree with spending your moolah on fruit and vegetables as opposed to big tubs of ice-cream, big packets of cookies, and family-sized chocolate slabs. If you need to indulge a little, buy the smallest size you can find and have a piece of two for dessert. I totally agree with cooking at home — you know exactly how much oil or salt or fat is in your food.
nv27 nv27 9 years
I like the tip about having the restaurant bag up 1/2 of your plate before they even serve it to you. If its a large portion youll never miss it anyway and then youre all set for the next day! I love it! I always bag whats left after I eat and pick at my food at the end of the meal and its usually enough for a snack but not a whole meal. Finally, a solution. Phew.
mstinalin mstinalin 9 years
Emlod10 on planning is a good one. Its like the show Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller on Food Network. Saves money and time!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I shop at the discount grocery store (Aldi) and they only sell generic stuff, but they also have a decent selection of produce, meats, and other stuff as well. As long as you aren't looking for very specialized ingredients, it's fine, but I don't usually get ALL my groceries there. Considering that their prices are usually about half as much as the regular grocery store, it's a pretty decent way to save $ on groceries. I also try to be really frugal with my if I buy a ham, I use ALL of it. I dice it up for salads, slice it for sandwiches, etc. And when I have just the bone with a little meat left, I make soup with it.
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
Plan your meals for the week, write down what you'll need for them, and buy only those items. Not only will you save money, but you wont buy junk. I find the chip and cookie isles too overwhelming to go down these days anyways. The only thing i buy on those isles are the Clif Z-Bar's - delicious.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Are canned veggies really that good for you? I have started buying more canned and frozen veggies, and applesauce cups, all store brand (cept the applesauce because I get the kind that has calcium or fiber added). also, I don't get the paper, but my mom does, and we clip coupons together...we don't buy the same sorts of things foreverything so it works out...also, check your local grocer specials...I know harris teeter doubles manufacturer coupons, and every once in a while they will have a tripling day! That really makes you feel good! Also, I have started portinoing out my meals as i cook and freezing them...less temptation to eat more than 1 and makes the food last longer. I also freeze left over ingredients...cheese, veggies, etc, for use later on instead of having to buy it all again...
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