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10 tips for focused food shopping

Filed Under: food, money, health

Closeup of two glass jars of spaghetti sauce and one glass jar of salsa, by Diane Rixon
Grab your hip, new reusable shopping tote and let's grab some groceries. But, wait! First, check out the Reader's Digest 10 tips for smart food shopping. It's a quick and easy-to-read guide for staying on track once you step inside the store. Stay on track how? Answer: in every way -- in terms of your budget and your health goals.

Here are my three faves -- all ideas that have worked for me lately:
1. Limit your trips. I try to pick up extra bread and milk when I shop so as to avoid extra runs to the store. The less I go to the supermarket, the less I spend each month.
2. Avoid shopping on an empty stomach. An oldie but a goodie. This is probably the best shopping advice out there!
3. Follow the walls. The less processed stuff you buy, the less money you'll spend and the healthier you'll be eating. Try it. This tip really works!

Enjoy these ideas? Check out Francesca's tips on how to be a grocery super shopper!


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  • rkudasik

    I'm not so sure I agree with the whole "don't shop when you're hungry" thing. I've heard that for years. Grocery shopping is buying food for when you're hungry in the future. Honestly, I would trust the hungry me's judgement of what I want to eat when I'm hungry more than the full. Because the next time I'm hungry I'm going to be mad at the full me for not getting much food which means that I can't follow rule #1 and need to make more frequent trips...

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