Nutrition Articles

Delicious, Nutritious Shopping on a Shoestring
Is the economy getting you (and your wallet) down? Don't be deflated! Instead, try these tricks to trim your grocery shopping bill and still enjoy great-tasting, good-for-you foods.
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Plan to save. Use our ad to plan nutritious menus based on each week's bargains. Make a shopping list and stick to it to avoid impulse purchases.

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Don't forgo fruits and veggies. They have an unfair reputation for being "expensive," but their cost per serving is often far lower than less-nutritious snacks and sweets. Get the most from your produce by buying fresh fruits and veggies in season, and considering frozen and canned counterparts, which are just as nutritious.

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Stock up on good deals. Some great candidates are fresh meat and poultry (freeze in recipe-size portions), canned and frozen foods, and whole-grain cereals and pastas (keep tabs on freshness dates).

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Buy the size that suits you. It's smart to compare unit pricing to find the cheapest product. But a five-pound pack of ground beef that costs less per ounce isn't a steal if you can't use it all. If the cost savings for a large-size item is too good to pass up, freeze some or split it with a friend.

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Get prepared. Pick up dinner from our prepared food section for a complete meal that's less expensive than eating out or ordering in. While you're at it, pick up fixings for brown bag lunches rather than buying lunch at a restaurant.

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Be clever with coupons. These days, coupons are almost everywhere—online, in the Sunday paper, in the weekly store ad—even right in our aisles. But the money saved with coupons is only a bargain when used for items you really need. Score even bigger savings by using coupons for sale items.

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Stretch expensive ingredients. For instance, rather than serving a large cut of beef for an entrée, use a smaller amount in a veggie-filled stew or stir fry.

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Do it yourself. Convenience foods are quick, but you pay the price. Trim your grocery bill by using a little elbow grease in the kitchen with ideas like these:
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Skin and bone chicken breasts yourself.

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Wash lettuce instead of buying the pre-washed, bagged type.

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Cut up whole fruits and vegetables rather than the precut types.

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Cook a pot of brown rice or dry beans to use in recipes. Freeze some to use later.

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Shred a reduced-fat block of cheese, rather than buying shredded cheese.