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Grocery Store Savings!

How to save money at the grocery store—without cutting nutrition.

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How to save money at the grocery store.Do you feel like every time you go to the grocery store you are spending a lot more money than you had intended to? Many Americans feel this way. Often, in the effort to save money, people cut nutrition.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Health Affairs, most Americans are unable to follow recent government recommendations because they cannot afford to do so. The new MyPlate encourages higher consumption of fruits and vegetables daily. The study states that purchasing more fruits and veggies can add up to $380 annually to a consumer’s grocery bills!

But the solution is not to forgo eating our fruits and veggies! We need to be diligent about cutting costs in other places so we can fit in the healthy stuff!

I started using the website SavingsAngel. If you follow their tips, you literally can cut your grocery bill in half! It costs $5/week, but trust me when I tell you that you’ll make that back and MORE! I recently met the Chief Executive Angel (wouldn’t you just love that title?) and he gave me a free trial using the site so I could try it out myself before recommending it to others. It really does work! Their team of angels puts together ads from grocery chains along with manufacturer’s deals and coupons. They cut out the legwork for you—you can just go to one place for all of your savings tips and tricks.

Next time you go to the grocery store, keep these money-saving tips in mind:

  • Join SavingsAngel to help you cut your grocery bill in half.
  • Cut coupons in the newspaper and weekly ads.
  • Look for BOGO’s (Buy one, get ones).
  • Plan ahead: cook meals (stews in crock pots, lasagna, casseroles) and freeze them so they’re ready when you are.  
  • Use leftovers.
  • Buy in season—fruits and vegetables in season are less expensive than those not in season.
  • Choose store brands—often cheaper and taste exactly the same.
  • Stock up nutrient-dense foods that are relatively inexpensive (peanut butter, beans, eggs).
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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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