Updated: Jul 21, 2019
Here’s a SIMPLE acronym that saves money and time:
S - SHOP SMART
• Shop for produce that’s in season – this is usually the cheapest and teaches you to change up your fruits and veggies depending on the season; don’t forget to check your local produce stand or farmer’s market if you have one • Shop for sales • Shop for QUALITY – think “bang for your buck” – lean cuts of meat, whole grains (whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, etc), fruits and veggies are more filling than the more processed alternatives – that means you feel full faster with less; don’t forget the frozen section – there are lots of healthy options there
I - INEXPENSIVE DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN UNHEALTHY
• For example, you can buy a cheaper lean cut of meat, season it, and cook it in the crock pot. • Those inner aisle staples like brown rice, dried beans, lentils, oatmeal, tuna, etc, can really stretch your dollar. • Schedule in some "meatless meals" through the week. They're great for your health and your pocketbook.
M - MAKE A LIST (I know. We've heard this a zillion times) - your trip to the grocery store will be quicker and easier on your budget
P - PLAN • plan your meals before you go • don’t think because you’re focusing on “healthy” that you also have to be “fancy”; simple meals can be delicious and nutritious • go back to your M above - make your list and stick to it • don’t forget to eat before you go – an empty stomach can quickly lead to a full grocery cart of things not on your list (I know from experience)
L - LESS IS MORE • quality foods that are full of nutrients fill you up with less • eat out less and use those savings toward our grocery budget
E - ENJOY – plan ahead, shop simple, and enjoy healthy eating on every budget.