See how far your dollar can go with these helpful tips:
1. Buy frozen: Flash frozen fruits and veggies are just as nutritious as the fresh kind. And even better? They’re usually a lot cheaper. You can use frozen produce for all kinds of easy, nutritious recipes your family will love:
- Stir-fry frozen veggies with coconut oil, chicken, and a stir-fry sauce
- Blend frozen strawberries, bananas, and blueberries with milk or a dairy substitute for a healthy breakfast smoothies
- Steam frozen veggies like corn or peas for a side dish at dinner
2. Go mobile: Mobile apps geared towards grocery coupons, shopping lists, and spending tracking can help you manage your next grocery trip. Many even offer nutritional advice.
3. Don’t shop hungry: Eat before you shop. You’re less likely to make impulse purchases that might lead to unhealthy choices.
4. Make a list: Shopping lists can help you plan out your meal for the week for your family, and get through the grocery store more efficiently. The USDA’s MyPlate website has fantastic resources for meal planning, shopping list creation, and tips for navigating the aisles.
5. Get a loyalty card: Most stores have loyalty programs that reward shoppers for their purchases. You can find coupons, cash back savings, or deals available exclusively to loyalty card members.
6. Buy the generic brands for staple items: When it comes to pantry staples, you’ll pay at lot less if you buy the generic brands. For items like brown rice, whole grain pasta, canned vegetables and beans, stick with generic brands to get more for your dollar.
For more tips on shopping smart, visit choosemyplate.com.