Continuing on with health and affordability, 2013 is the year to make some changes. Rather than the now cliché “lose weight” resolution, how about altering that slightly to “get healthy.” You will inadvertently save money by resolving to make better choices.
In addition to less eating out, a planned grocery list, and investing in store brands, here are a few more tips to saving money and getting healthy.
Set a shopping day.
Determine which day of the week is best for you to do your grocery shopping, and only go on that day. The more often you head off to the store, the more you are going to spend. On a day when you’re low on ingredients, use the pasta, rice, or canned soups and veggies that you have in your cupboard, rather than making an extra trip. When your go-to items are on sale, stock up and throw them in the freezer so there is always something on hand. You’ll not only save on gas, but you’ll be less likely to grab that hunk of Parmesan or pint of berries that look so good when you’re just “stopping in for one thing.”
Choose cheaper alternatives.
With the drought of 2012 likely to affect the cost of our food for some time, think about some choices aside from animal products. Replace meat and dairy to lower your overall bill and increase your health.
Use beans, legumes and whole wheat pasta as a main course rather than meat. Don’t worry about the lack of protein – there are plenty of plant-based protein sources that will get you and your family your necessary intake, while lowering the cholesterol and other unfortunate side effects of meat.
Buy in bulk.
When it comes to paper products, health and beauty materials, and any foodstuffs that can be frozen, buy them in bulk while they are on sale.
Find online coupons.
Store’s websites often have special offers – you just have to look. Websites like drugstore.com often have free shipping, allowing for some bulk shopping not only at a discount, but at no additional cost.
Experiment with what works for you and your family, and do some research with regards to the health and cost of common items so you are better equipped for your grocery store trip.