by Isabelle Workman
1. Create a grocery game plan – making a plan before heading to the store can help you get organized, save money, and choose healthy options.
2. Shop smart to fill your basket – buy in season products. Frozen vegetables without added sauces or butter are as good for you as fresh and may cost less.
3. Don’t pay full price – check the local newspaper, online, and at the store for sales, coupons, and specials.
4. Stick to your list – don’t shop when you are hungry and stick to your list
5. Buy in bulk when items are on sale.
6. Buy small amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits frequently. That will ensure that you can eat the food without throwing any away.
7. Store brands can mean savings – opt for them when possible because they are less expensive.
8. Plan and cook smart – prepare and freeze vegetables, soups, stews, or other dishes in advance. This saves time and money. Add leftover vegetables to casseroles or blend them to make soup. Overripe fruit is great for smoothies or baking.