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Smart Shopping to Save You Money

Trying to eat healthy on a fixed income?  Planning your meals in advance and taking a list when you go shopping can help you buy only what you need.  Your shopping list will insure you have everything you need to try out a new recipe.  Don’t go grocery shopping while you’re hungry.  If you shop on an empty stomach, you might buy foods or snacks you don’t really need, because your stomach’s rumbling.  Remember while you’re shopping to ask yourself how you will use the items you’re buying and whether or not you’re getting a good value for your money. 

 Store brands, or generic items, are a good choice, because they are often exactly like the name brands in everything but price.  Look at the “unit price” on the shelf to make it easier to compare prices, and choose the item with the lowest unit price. 

Try buying small amounts of dried foods in bulk, which sometimes cost less than pre-packaged foods.  Shopping at dollar stores can help you save money.  They have a lot of food staples, like canned items, salt-free spices, rice, and dried beans, as well as paper products and kitchen items.

 Frozen, fresh, and canned fruits and vegetables contain similar amounts of nutrients.  Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are more likely to be available year round, less likely to spoil if not used quickly, and they’re already in a ready-to-use form, cleaned and cut up.  Buy fresh fruits and vegetables when they’re in season, since they usually cost less, and try to shop sales whenever possible.

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Kirsten Romero
Kirsten Romero
Kirsten Romero, MS, RDN, is a registered dietitian with the wellness program at Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia.
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