5 MISTAKES TO AVOID MAKING TO GET THE BEST DEALS WHILE GROCERY SHOPPING.

Whether you’ve made a resolution to eat more veggies in the new year or are just trying to eat a bit healthier, there’s a common misconception that eating healthier means you’re doomed to spend more money at the grocery store. Here are the five mistakes to avoid making to get the best deals while grocery shopping.

1.You Don’t Meal Plan

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While meal prepping can take up a few precious hours of your time (although it’s so worth your while), meal planning is an easy way to help ensure you and your family will be eating healthy all week without wasting food or money when you’re short on time.

Making a grocery list might seem like adding one more thing to your endless to-dos, but a list will save you both time and money. Here’s how: If you hit the store without a list, you are more likely to go up and down almost every aisle, assuming that when you see the item you need, it will spark your memory and you’ll simply grab it. This slow meander through the store is great if you are not under a time constraint, and if you like to have your shopping be an experience rather than just a task.

Plus, going in with a plan will save you money by avoiding impulse purchases and filling your cart with extra food you don’t need—especially if you’re breaking the cardinal rule of going to the grocery store hungry!

2.You’re Not Choosing the Most Economical Options for Healthy Foods

Precut fruits and veggies, pre-portioned nuts, oatmeal packets and premade salad kits are great options if your focus is strictly convenience, but they aren’t going to make things easier on your wallet. Buying the whole fruit or vegetable, container of oats or bag of whole almonds will save you money, even if that means taking a few minutes to prep when you get home. Plus, many foods, like garlic and strawberries, taste way better when you take a little extra time to chop them up yourself.

The exception to this rule is the frozen section. Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as what’s in the produce section, are often an affordable pre-cut option and are great choices when shopping out of season. Shopping for your seafood in the frozen section is also *much* fresher and cheaper.

Additionally, if you’re interested in saving money and plastic, check out the bulk bins at your local supermarket. They can be a goldmine for grains, nuts, seeds and other items that are often pretty pricey in other grocery aisles. Shopping the bulk section also allows you to measure out exactly how much of an item you will need for the week—and you can load them in reusable containers to be a little greener.

3.You Don’t Take Inventory of Your Kitchen Before Going Shopping

“When I’m picking out my recipes for the week, I browse my kitchen to see what needs to be used up,” Moncel says. “If you base your menu on what you have on hand, less goes to waste and you’ll have less to buy.”

It’s worth taking stock of your freezer, fridge and pantry before heading to the grocery store to be mindful of meals that are already almost ready to cook and may just be missing a protein or a few vegetables.

And don’t listen to that old adage about shopping the perimeter of the grocery store—some of our favorite easy and nourishing dinners come together with mostly pantry staples. Whole grains, nuts, beans and other healthy pantry staples are some of the most nourishing foods for the money.

4.You’re Missing Out on Affordable Protein Sources

Especially when it comes to feeding a family, meat can take up a huge chunk of your grocery bill. Simply thinking outside the box a bit for weeknight dinners can make all the difference in keeping your bill down while enjoying delicious, healthy food.

Try adding legumes, canned fish or eggs as the star of your dinner. Whether it’s a big bowl of fried rice, burgers made with canned salmon or a hearty vegan chili, swapping out meat once or twice a week could do wonders for your wallet—and even your health.

Legumes like chickpeas, lentils and black beans are a great way to get in extra protein while also offering a major fiber boost. Canned salmon, tuna and other fatty fish still offer the omega-3 benefits that you’ll find with fresh options, and eggs bulk up a meal (and your vitamin and mineral intake) without bulking up your grocery bill.

5.Buying Out of Season

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 Out of season fruit and vegetables can have higher prices – google image 

The produce section of your store is always stocked, and that strawberry display is full year-round. We won’t get into the delicious factor here. If you don’t mind a wooly, hard, bland strawberry, that is your business, but the financial factor is significant. Out of season fruit and vegetables can be anywhere from 20 – 400% higher than when they are in season, depending on how far they have traveled to get to you. But sometimes when things are available all the time, we can blindly add them to our carts without checking prices, and ultimately you will feel that squeeze at the checkout.

After reading five mistakes to avoid making to get the best deals while grocery shopping, you can become a wise shopper. You can choose dried fruits at Kentary so that you can eat any kind of fruit whenever you like, without worrying about quality, prices and nutrients.

Source: myrecipes, eatingwell

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