FORT MYERS, Fla.- The moment is here...you decided to make a lifestyle change! But, those healthy groceries are really expensive. That can be tough, especially if you're on a limited budget. WINK news fitness expert Mike Drumm came to share tips.
Tip: Get Your Game Plan Together
Preparation is key, especially on a budget. Sit down and plan out your menu. Get your game plan ready. Every Sunday, I go online and check out all the grocery store weekly ads. For example, if chicken is on sale that week, lunch and dinner will be based around that item. A great way to make it fun and get the family on board: Have healthy dinner theme nights. For example, pick a new vegetable or fruit and plan a fun healthy dish. This way you can introduce new items to what would normally be a boring meal.
Tip: Avoid Impulse Splurges
You have your game plan laid out and are now off to the store. Make sure you eat before you go shopping. Yes eat, never shop on an empty stomach. Why? Because everything looks good and I mean everything. Before you know it, you have a grocery cart full of high calorie junk. Plus none of the items are originally on your list. Do you hear the dollar signs adding up? Focus on your list and your wallet will thank you for it!
Tip: Shop the perimeter of the store first.
Stay on the outside, this way you will fill your cart with healthy foods. Have you ever noticed that the junk food tends to reside in the middle while fresh foods are on the outer aisles. I try not to buy anything in a box or with a lot of ingredients. Shopping the perimeter will put fresh produce and meat into your cart first, leaving little room for junk food, thus saving you money.
Tip: Eat out less
Cook more meals at home. Reducing the amount of time you eat out by 1 or 2 times a week can save you $100's. This also puts you in control of the ingredients you are (or aren't) putting in our meals. The savings add up quickly and gives you extra money to spend on quality food. Now you're ready to go grocery shopping and save a few dollars along the way! Remember this is a lifestyle change, so take it day by day. Because, small changes turn into big changes!