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Grocery saving tips for each of the food groups- healthy eating on a budget

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

Continuing in our tips for healthy eating on a budget. Here are some specific tips for best buys by food groups:

The Grains Group: Breads, cereals, pasta and rice (look for the word "whole" for added fiber, vitamins and minerals)

  • Look for bargains on day old bread. It costs less but is still nutritious.
  • Look for bargains on day old bread. It costs less but is still nutritious.
  • Buy regular rice, oatmeal and grits instead of instant to save on money, sugar and calories.
The Vegetables Group: Your family needs one green leafy and one orange vegetable every day.
  • Buy large bags of frozen vegetables. Seal tightly in the freezer between uses.
  • Avoid pre-bagged salad mixes. They are usually more expensive and spoil faster
The Fruit Group: Fresh, frozen or canned fruit, 100% fruit juice (it is best to eat fruit, juice tends to be higher in sugar)
  • Buy fresh fruits in season, when they generally cost less.
  • Frozen and canned fruits are a smart choice all year round.
The Milk Group: Milk, cottage cheese, and cheese (look for low-fat or nonfat for a healthy choice)
  • Buy fresh, low-fat milk in the largest size that can be used before spoiling. Larger containers cost less than smaller sizes.
  • Ultra-pasteurized milk has a longer expiration date and won't spoil as fast
The Meat and Beans Group: Lean meats, beans, seeds and nuts are all great source of proteins
  • Chuck or bottom round roast has less fat and is cheaper than sirloin.
  • Dried beans and peas are a good source of protein and fiber. They last a long time without spoiling.
  • Look for specials at the meat counter. Buy meat on sale for big savings.
  • Buy meat in large bulk packages to save money. Freeze portions you might not use right away to prevent spoiling.



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Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 @ 09:29 PM

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009 @ 08:59 AM

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Danielle Gerber
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009 @ 08:47 AM

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It is a good idea to economize on food, especially for people who would like to lose weight- to eat at home and not buy prepackaged - like frozen meals can save money -so does using coupons

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