I have mentioned to you all many times about how I grocery shop without coupons and still save nearly half on my groceries each month. Here is a perfect example of how I was able to make conscious decisions with health AND with finances…at the same time!
- I spent 5-7 minutes before I left on Deals to Meals‘ site, quickly scanning through this week's deals at my local grocery stores, and adding the items I wanted to add to my grocery list for the week (don't worry, they flag the week's best deals in red for you).
- I printed out my shopping list (through the feature on their website) and headed to my nearest Neighborhood Walmart (the Super Walmarts are harder to price-match at).
- I spent about 1 hour shopping (granted, it takes me longer because I'm snapping pictures, and making tons of notes on my paper for posts like this…but I'm pretty seasoned at this point and you might be slower starting out, so I guess it all balances out in the end).
So there you go! Here's my haul for the night:
Moral of the story? You CAN buy healthy groceries on a budget. It just takes some conscious, calculated choices and a little effort. BUT…the best things in life take a little extra time sometimes, don't you think?
When it comes to organic food, that's a tough one; America hasn't quite figured out how to make organic food affordable for folks. Costco is offering more and more choices. But ultimately, you need to pick and choose. Have you heard of the dirty dozen? Maybe don't do EVERYTHING organic; just pick your top choices. Also, keep in mind that just because something is generic vs. store brand, it doesn't make it less healthy (as discussed HERE).
In terms of eating gluten-free? Ugh. Good luck. Once again, it's SUPER expensive. Just try to only buy gluten-free for those in your family who absolutely need it (rather than ALL of you switching over), and once again, Costco is offering more and more options which would be cheaper than the specialty stores. But ultimately, read the labels, do your research.
Good luck to you all!