HOW TO EAT HEALTHY ON A BUDGET

For many people, a limited food budget can be a real roadblock to healthy eating. It is possible, however, to create excellent tasting, nutritious meals, even on a tight budget.
Step 1 The shopping list: Anyone who has visited a supermarket lately knows how dangerous it is to enter the store without a shopping list in hand. Having the notepad within easy reach makes it easy to keep track of the foods you need to stock up on.

Step 2 Watch those flyers: Most major food store chains publish weekly sales ads, usually as inserts in the local newspaper.

Step 3 Stock up on staples: Essential staple foods, such as flour, rice, and pasta are frequently put on sale as loss leaders at major groceries.

Step 4 Never shop when you are hungry: The old advice to never shop when you are hungry is definitely true.

Step 5 –Become a label guru: Nutritional labels contain a wealth of information, but it is up to each shopper to read those labels and understand what they mean.

Step 6 – Pay close attention to package sizes: Just because two cans look alike it does not mean they are.

Step 7 – Use coupons, but do it wisely: Manufacturers coupons can be a great deal when used on products you already buy. Buying something simply because you have a coupon, however, is typically not a good idea.

Step 8 – Replace meat with beans and other less costly substitutes: Eating less meat and more beans and lentils is a good way to save money on your food budget while still getting the protein you and your family need.

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