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Eating Well on a Tight Budget
Here are some tips for maximizing your money while still eating right:
Shopping at the grocery store can seem like an intimidating task full of temptations. If you make a list of healthy items you want to buy, you are less likely to impulse shop and stick to the items you need. You can even plan out a week's worth of meals and buy all of the ingredients at once. That way, you can plan to eat healthy every night and won't have to make multiple trips to the grocery store.
Impulse buys are very common in the grocery store and, if you're hungry, you are more likely to give in to buying what you're craving and not what you should be eating. Go to the grocery store after a healthy meal when you are feeling satisfied-not famished.
Pre-packaged foods can contain lots of unhealthy chemicals and preservatives and are often high in sodium, sugar and fat (however, this does not include frozen produce). You're also paying for the convenience and fancy package. If you make your own food with fresh ingredients not only will you save money, but you also can control every last thing that goes into your food and your body.
Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store where the healthier foods are located. If you think about the layout of the grocery store, you will realize that the freshest produce, such as fruits and vegetables, are stocked around the store's perimeter. Why even tempt yourself by walking through the aisles full of junk food and sugary sodas?And finally, shop sales, buy in bulk with a friend and split large quantities and check out discount grocery outlets that usually offer a selection of healthy and fresh foods at reasonable prices. For more tips on healthy grocery shopping on a budget, visit WebMD and The Diet Channel's Web site.