Good tips! I'd like to add one on the "grow it yourself" that I got from a neighbour:
If during spring/early summer you have one or two potatoes which sproutet you can fill a large bucket with earth and put them in. Just water it, and after a few months all you have to do is empty the bucket and pick up the potatoes. Much easier than digging up root vegetables.
ALMA/AMY- This article was written a few years ago! I just updated it to remove the outdated prices. Thanks for the feedback. :-)
7/15/2008 4:01:52 PM
This is a good article but when was it written and where? I live in CA and eggs have not been $1.23 for years!
7/12/2008 10:32:24 AM
I noticed on several shopping trips that when i concentrated on buying healthy food of higher quality in moderatre quantities (and closer to how much I actually needed for the next few days) rather than looking for bargains I ALWAYS ended up spending less for better quality. try it ! you will be surprised! and another tip ...I recently took a vacation from 'dieting' and i found 2 great benefits: first a great feeling of freedom and second I am happily maintaining (and even losing!) by simply eating 'real' food, in moderate quatities, eating my meals in courses and not snaking... I feel great!!
I always thought I couldn't afford to buy the good and healthy foods that I knew I should be eating. Then, when I got serious about losing weight and stopped buying cookies, candy, donuts, chips, and such, lo and behold, I had enough money to buy fresh fruit, veggies, whole grain cereals and pasta and more. I just had to take the blinders off. And it has been very helpful as I have lost over 140 pounds since I started.
I always went with my mother shopping. I liked it. I am the youngest of 4, with sisters 9 and 11 years older so it was never a neccessity to take me. Dad was the one who would add stuff to the trolley.
In particular... At the age of 14 or 15 we were fundraising selling raffle tickets outside the supermarket. Mum stayed with the tickets and I did the groceries. When I'd done the tour of the shop, I parked the trolley in a corner and went and traded places with Mum outside. She went in, found the trolley, and paid for the groceries. She had no problems with it, I had a usual shop in the trolley. But with ice-cream.
I think how kids behave in a store and how you react is a good opportunity to learn. No matter how much they cry and scream they don't get their way. Also a good opportunity to explain that the fancy package is expensive and full of stuff that is bad for them. I find frozen veggies great, I always buy them when the store brand is on sale. I think a good point to add to this article is that pre-made meals are way more expensive than buying stuff you have to cook. There has also been a lot of research into whether eating healthy is more expensive than buying the other stuff, the verdict... it's not you just need to shop wisely.
Great article - I have three kid's and usually go shopping with at least one or two. (When there's three, there's trouble.) I totally agree with using the shopping trip as a reward and as a learning experience. My daughter (now 10) is definetely the one who has been to the store with me most often. If I can't make it to the store myself, I can send her to the store with my husband and be sure to get nutritious food that I would regularly buy, versus the "junk food" my husband would probably get if he went alone.
Also, regarding the canned vegies, most brands offer low/reduced sodium versions.
4/16/2008 11:49:08 AM
What child wants to be dragged to the grocery store or department store for that matter. Leave them home with dad and if they don't have a dad get a sitter. Screaming children in any store is soooooo annoying. I've seen so many mother's ignoring their toddlers' screams or even admonishing them for crying when all the kid wants to do is be home taking a nap.
Great areticle but I kids need to be included in grocery shopping. I have two girls 8 and 6 and grocery shopping is a family affair (including hubby LOL). What we did with our kids when they learned to read, is we taught them how to read labels. So when we went to the store they knew what was healthy and what was not. Sometimes they want the not so healthy stuff which is ok as long as I monitor how much of it they consume. Also they are allowed to pick a treat each when we do the main monthly shopping (usually at Sam's Club). I believe if kids are taught early about healthy eating habits, they will enjoy shopping My kids have learned what is healthy to buy and what is not.
Overall good article...but I so agree about shopping with children. It is more difficult, but parenting is a whole-life committment, not pick and choose activities. We don't, however, have to take every child on every task or outing! Also, canned veggies are frequently loaded with sodium. I buy very few of them, even though they are economic, and I live on a limited income. Fresh, dried, and frozen are healthier choices.
I agree that kids need to learn to be consumers. If I bring my two little ones, it ususally has to be a full family experience. BRENNACROW thanks for the idea of only btinging one child at a time! My boys are always vying for one on one time with mom. I can add it to their reward list. Anyway, I did have difficulty with the comment about canned veggies. From all the research I did taking care of my mom while she was in the last stages of renal disease canned veggies fall short on nutrition and rank high in sodium.
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