Thursday, May 5, 2011

5 Tips to Boost Your Family’s Health on a Budget

Put every food dollar to excellent use by adopting some of the
following cost-cutting tips whenever possible.

  • Eat at home more often. Not only does it cost less, but you also have better control over portion sizes and can freeze any leftovers for another day when you don’t have time to cook.
  • Don’t go to the grocery store on a whim. Rather, check what you already have in your refrigerator and pantry and have your shopping list in hand. This will help you avoid overbuying.
  • It seems obvious, but only buy food that you’re actually going to eat. And then actually eat it. If time gets away from you and you’ve got some rotting fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator, think of creative ways to use it – how about tomatoes to make a marinara sauce or ripe fruit for a smoothie?
  • At the store check packages and perishable items for expiration dates and try to pick the latest one possible (these are usually kept in the back of the shelf as the grocer is trying to offload the stuff that will go bad first by displaying it more prominently).
  • Teach your children the value of a food budget. Take them shopping with you and teach them to use price, actual need, nutritional value and portion size to determine buying decisions.
--Provided by ACE FitFacts--

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