Tips for Saving Time, Money and Making Healthy Choices at the Grocery

Tackling the Grocery: Tips for Saving Time, Money, and Making Healthy Choices

Is eating healthier one of your family’s New Year’s resolutions? Making meals at home is a great way to achieve that goal. However, more cooking at your house means that you’ll have to make more trips to the grocery store—and the grocery can be overwhelming. So many aisles, choices, and labels!

That’s why we’ve compiled this checklist to help you make the most of your grocery shopping trip. Here are a few practical ideas for saving time, money, and making healthy choices:

 

Tips for Saving Time, Money, and Making Healthy Choices at the Grocery Store

Before Shopping

Keep a running shopping list in your kitchen (or phone!) to avoid extra shopping trips
Organize your list to match store categories
Check supermarket specials and plan menus around them
Clip coupons for items you need
Avoid doing your shopping while you are hungry

At the Grocery Store

Shop the perimeter; the healthiest food sections (produce, fresh meat, seafood, dairy) are usually found there
Shop from a list; it reduces extra shopping trips and helps with impulse buying
Read food labels as you shop
Buy in the quantities you can use
Pay attention at checkout
Shop during off hours
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season
Stock up on non-perishable foods when they are on sale
Compare prices using the unit price on the shelf, as well as national, store, and generic brands
Match food quality to the recipe
Consider using a pick-up or delivery service; it can help you save time and money

After Shopping

Repackage into ‘meal-sized’ portions before freezing or storing
Rotate your food supply – ‘first in, first out’
Clean fresh produce so it’s ready to use
Store perishable items in a visible location
Post your menus for the week
Start a new shopping list

 

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Barbara Lattin MS, RD, LD

About the Author: Barbara Lattin MS, RD, LD

Barbara Lattin, MS, RD, LD is a clinical dietitian with the Center for Better Health and Nutrition and the HealthWorks! programs at Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute. Barbara has been providing pediatric weight management services at Cincinnati Children’s for 5 years.

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