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Shop Aldi's - They Have Healthy Options, I Swear

I used to think that Aldi's was only full of super processed junk food. However, I have found my favorite things there like hummus, light cheese sticks, produce, low sodium/sugar canned fruit and soups. While there are certainly temptations if you are looking to lose weight and save money Aldi's can't be beat!

- Submitted by HESSNER 6/12/2014 in Healthy Eating | 5 Comments
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Tracking what you buy

When I grocery shop, I take a list and then on a separate paper track the cost of everything I put in my cart. By taking the time to write down the cost of each item and keep a running total, not only do I save money, but I also am way less likely to throw those impulse buys in. No more "But they said they wanted to be eaten" cookies or gummi bears.

- Submitted by TANDABAT 2/5/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Take someone POSITIVE grocery shopping

I take my boyfriend when I go grocery shopping. He eats healthier than I do, so not only do I get help when I'm picking stuff out, I feel more pressure to get good foods instead of the junk I would want if I were alone. I still want it, but he's there to help me resist.

- Submitted by WOMBAT19LILLZ 8/22/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Predicting grocery shopping totals

When I grocery shop i take my shopping list, I track how much it's costing me, and then compare my estimate with the actual bill. I'm generally within $10 on $100-200 bills.

I use the 5 tick system (4 vertical & 5th is horizontal) and I round to the nearest dollar. This is easiest, and the rounding takes care of the taxes. emoticon

- Submitted by STEPPING_STONES 7/22/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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True coupon savings...

When I started using coupons, I was discouraged that I couldn't use a coupon for every item bought. Then I realized that some items were actually less w/o a coupon which led me to a secret of true savings.
I still shop sales and try to attach coupons when I can but instead of counting money saved, I divide total items purchased, found at the bottom of the receipt, into total $ spent. This gives me $/item. I am giddy when I spend only $1.50 for laundry soap, meat, beauty care, etc!

- Submitted by FUNHEALTHLOVE 7/7/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Buy this instead.

I find it is easier then I thought to eat healthy. When you are wanting a snack or just going grocery shopping. If you have money to buy those chips, sodas, or anything else that is full of fat. Trade it with something more healthy that cost about the same price. That way you leave with healthy choices instead of bad ones. emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by LOVINGLISA7777 6/22/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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For the Anti Coupon Binder Couponers

Coupon Binders aren't for me. Folding coupons to fit the right way takes forever and I destroy my cuticles getting them in and out of baseball sleeves. Instead, I use a makeup case/bag...the HUGE ones Lancome, EL and Clinique put out during summer. The largest one I have holds hundreds of coupons (plus store policies and price lists). Just make sure you make a bunch of sections so you can find things quickly. It must have 2 zippers, otherwise it can open and spill. And they fit the cart seat!

- Submitted by POBRECIIIITA 6/10/2011 in Around The House | 2 Comments
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Go food shopping after you workout!

Once in a while on my way home from the gym I'll go food shopping. I've noticed that it doesn't even matter if I'm hungry, I make smart, healthy choices! I feel so good mentally and physically that the thought of buying "junk" just grosses me out! Now I try as much as possible to only food shop after a workout.

- Submitted by MOMMAV8808 5/17/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Don't Go Hungry!

Whatever you do, don't go shopping for groceries hungry!! I make poorer choices when I go to the grocery store and am famished. I want junk food, easy to prepare, and sugar...

Save yourself some trouble and eat a healthy meal before you go. You'll be more likely to make good decisions that are based on your budget, logic, and not based on your stomach.

- Submitted by KNITOPHELIAC 4/28/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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COUPONS!!

Clip coupons from your Sunday paper and shop locally, preferably at a grocery store that doubles coupons.

- Submitted by NHOLBROOK 4/20/2011 in Saving Money | 6 Comments
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Getting Extra Veggies

I take care of a special need adult, she has a multitude of medical and physical problems, and she will usually eat anything, but Veggies was a hard one, she wouldn't try anything new. I found a way to get her to eat more.
We play a game in the store. Every week we go to get groceries, she gets to pick one new veggie to try, and if she picks one with out too much fuss, she can watch an hour of her favourite video when she gets home.

- Submitted by THOLMES 4/5/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Grocery tips

Make a grocery list from your week's menu plan. Do not shop when you are hungry. PUT THE GROCERIES IN THE TRUNK of the car and don't nibble on the way home. Go in the door closest to the fresh produce. Avoid processed foods if you can. AND READ THE NUTRITION LABELS.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 3/19/2011 in Getting Started | 5 Comments
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Invest in a garden!

My grandparents plant a garden every year. This year for the first time I will be helping and planting somethings of my own. It will 1)Save Money and 2)Earn me fitness minutes!

- Submitted by NEW_ME_FOREVER 3/9/2011 in Healthy Eating | 7 Comments
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Coupon Obsession

By clipping and printing coupons, I saved 43% on my grocery bill last week! I learned to combinine manufacturer's coupons with store coupons and sales. money in the bank yeah!

- Submitted by RILLAJADE1 2/6/2011 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Planning Meals

Every weekend I plan what my week will look like with my meals. I track them ahead of time and then use the sparkpeople tool to print out a grocery list. It's so handy. I find that when I do that I focus on just what I need when I go grocery shopping so I don't even get a chance to purchase something that may sabotage my efforts.

- Submitted by BIONICMONARCH 1/22/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments
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Senior Citizen Discount linked to Grocery Store Card

Some grocery stores give senior citizen discounts to patrons which are linked to the store's shoppers card. At Kroger, for instance, one can save 10% on store brand items. Just ask at the service desk for them to load the discount onto your card.
Every little bit helps!

- Submitted by SMILEYBABS 1/15/2011 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Internet coupons

I print out my grocery coupons from both the MyPoints and Inbox Dollars sites. They carry the same as coupons.com and sometimes extras. You earn 10 MyPoints for each of their coupons, or 10 cents towards rewards on Inbox Dollars. They really add up and you get extra rewards in addtion to the grocery savings.

- Submitted by MRSBEANS57 11/9/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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No more impulse shopping!!!

Before you go shopping, have a healthy meal or snack. This helps you feel full and you won't buy things on impulse. You will also make more rational decisions on what you buy. Try it, it works!!!

- Submitted by ANGCANDOTHIS 10/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Exercise while going for groceries

When I have a short grocery list, I will walk or bike to the grocery store near my house. This way I get exercise, plus I avoid impulse purchases because I know that I can only carry so much stuff back home.

- Submitted by BRANDIG7 7/26/2010 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Shopping Online

Some grocery stores will let you order online and pick up groceries for a small fee, usually around $5. I spend more than that each trip picking up random things that aren't good for my waist or my wallet! Save time, money, and calories by ordering online. It is easy to do off of your Spark list! emoticon

- Submitted by APSCHARF 7/11/2010 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Stop the urge to eat when you're really not hungry.

I use a Sugar Free Menthol-lyptus cough drop to stop the urge to eat. I carry a couple in my pocket.. especially when I go to the grocery store and it keeps me from buying some of the things I don't need. It also takes a while to melt so it gives you that few minutes you need to get over the urge.

- Submitted by NOSHORTCUT 7/11/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Use coupons, double, and triple coupons

Get Sunday paper go to couponmom.com and http://www.hotcouponworld.co
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Then go to stores like Price Chopper, Shaws, and Stop and Shop that do double coupons. Make sure to watch for double 1-3 dollar coupons. I save an average of 70-90 dollars a weekly to biweekly on groceries.

- Submitted by AMETHYST_FAIRY 6/30/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Saving Money on Vacation Meals

I always request a refrigerator and microwave at the hotel. I don't always get one, but I try. Depending on what is available, I make a stop at a grocery store to get healthy food for breakfast, snacks and maybe lunch in the room or to take along. It's cheaper and healthier!

- Submitted by STORMTMB 6/28/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Don't Leave Money Behind

Grocery store chains are starting to print coupons at the register to encourage you to shop with them again. Sure, this is a great thing for the business, but it's also free money for you. I'm shocked at how often customers leave them behind.

- Submitted by FICTIONRUNNER 6/25/2010 in Saving Money | 7 Comments
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Shop at Vitacost.com

I read a suggestion to check out vitacost.com in a sparkpeople forum and I figured I should spread the good word.

It is an online grocery store for non perishable items. They have a $5 flat shipping rate and it is such a time and money saver. My grocery bill has dropped significantly

- Submitted by JESSICALYNN0102 6/17/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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