Thrifty Grocery Shopping Doesn’t Mean Buying Junk Food

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Many people are eating junk food because they are low on cash and think they cannot afford anything better. Unfortunately, this poverty mentality becomes a vicious cycle. When you eat junk, you tend to have less energy, which makes it harder to improve your situation, which leads you to buy more junk. The good news is that you don’t have to buy junk even if you are trying to watch your pennies. There are many ways you can save money while eating healthy foods.

Buy Non-Perishables in Bulk

Items such as nuts and seeds make healthier snacks than cookies and candy. You can save money on these items by buying them in bulk. They don’t go bad so if you buy large amounts, you can use them over a period of six months or more. This is far cheaper in the long run than buying small packages.

Get Fresh Produce at Your Local Farmers Market

If you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices, visit your local Farmers’ Market. You can usually get vegetables for up to 2/3 cheaper than you would if you shopped at a grocery store. If you don’t have a Farmers Market nearby, look for small, locally run grocery stores instead of shopping at chain stores. These stores may feature lower prices and higher quality foods.

Look For Manufacturers Coupons

One of the best ways to save money on healthy foods is to get coupons directly from the manufacturer. Look on the websites for you favorite brands. Often, you can get a coupon if you visit the site or sign up for the manufacturer’s mailing list. These coupons can add up to significant savings on your grocery bills.

Sometimes you can also find manufacturers coupons on products themselves. Some products have coupons right on them that you can peel off and use at the register. Other products have coupons that you can cut out when you are finished using the product and save for your next purchase.

Get Store Discount Cards

Most grocery stores have discount savings programs. In addition to buying healthy foods when they are on sale, look online for discounts. If you go to your store’s website, you can “load” electronic coupons onto your store card, which can translate into lots of savings.

Look For Manager’s Specials

Another way to save money on healthy foods is to look for items the store wants to sell quickly. Meat, yogurt and even some vegetables are often put on special towards the end of the week or as it gets close to the sell-by date. These items are perfectly good and can be frozen if you aren’t going to use them right away.

Avoid Frozen Foods

Many people think healthy food is too expensive because they are thinking of frozen vegetables or “diet” TV dinners. These types of foods are often far more expensive than fresh ingredients.

If you want to eat more healthily, try buying fresh vegetables and other ingredients and cooking them yourself. Although it takes more time to prepare food yourself, the food you eat will be healthier and will cost you less money.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to save money while buying healthy items. If you set your mind to it, you can find ways to be healthy on a budget.


Author Bio

Ron Thompson writes for Del-Immune V®,, a unique probiotic supplement made from the lactobacillus rhamnosus which is a natural immune system booster and offers how to treat sinusitis.


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  1. I would also suggest looking for discount stores (ie Grocery Outlet) to stretch the grocery budget … just go with an open mind since they don’t always have the same items. I’d also suggest growing some of your own food. It doesn’t cost much and some things can be grown in containers or even planters on a window sill. :-) Thank you for the tips … great for anyone looking to be a bit more frugal.

  2. Great tips! We try to stock up on stuff like Tuna Helper when it’s on sale, or we have a great coupon.

  3. Our local “HIGH END” produce market is very picky about what they put out on their shelves. Everyday, as they are restocking, they sort out the food that doesn’t meet whatever their crazy high standards may be. All of that food goes on the “markdown” rack. We pick up amazing produce for pennies on the dollar. Last week I bought a bag of 9 avocados for $.99, a bag of 8 cucumbers for $.99, 2 honey dew melons for $1.29 each, 2 egg plants for $.99 (for both), and a HUGE bag of fresh green beans for $.99. Everyday there is different stuff and it’s all amazing. You can definitely buy healthy food on a budget :)

  4. I love this! I was just talking about this the other day with a friend of mine who had this same misconception.

  5. I’m glad you mentioned frozen foods. Frozen vegetables and fruits are always great alternatives for a strict budget.

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