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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 | 6 Comments
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Buy in bulk

We are discovering that we can save over $100 per month just by buying in bulk. Things like rice, dried beans, cereal and spices.

- Submitted by ALESIATAYLOR 7/7/2013 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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You deserve it!

Sometimes spending a little extra money on a bag of apple slices or a kit with hummus and pretzels is okay. If these smaller portion sizes (or convenient yet healthy foods) allow me to stay on track, it's worth it! Plus, it can actually save me money because they don't end up in the trash! emoticon

- Submitted by WORTHTHEWORK 6/24/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 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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Grocery shopping mini-workout

When I go grocery shopping, I bring my own bags. If I only have one or two bags, I leave the cart in the store and walk to my car (which I try to park far away from the door to try to sneak in a few extra steps). While I'm walking, I use the bags as weights and do a couple of reps of bicep curls.

- Submitted by LYDDIECAT 4/27/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Photo Grocery Shopping List

Take photos of the packaging of the products you buy. Smartphones now usually have apps where you can put notes on the photos so you can jot down when you bought it and how much is left. That way, you'll be able to track how long it takes you to consume 1 unit of that product and in the long run, you can use that info to plan out your menu to avoid wasting food. It also helps you remember the brand/details of the product which makes shopping faster and easier.

- Submitted by VADAVICTORIA 2/25/2012 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Grocery Shopping

Don't go grocery shopping hungry. You are more likely to stray from the healthy items on your grocery list out of hunger.

- Submitted by ANGELUS__QUINN 2/11/2012 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Shop like a guy

Some women look at shopping like an adventure. It's a chance to possibly find a beautiful dress or a perfect gift to have on hand just in case. Looking is at least as important as what is purchased. This, however can lead to unexpected purchases.

Many guys, on the other hand, look at shopping like a military mission. Get in, accomplish the goal, and get out. This mindset minimizes expenses and time. You'll be surprised at the difference an alternate point of view can make.

- Submitted by SWANSONK 2/6/2012 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Who doesn't want to save money?

I'm sure you've seen all those dollar stores that seem to have sprung up everywhere! Well, guess what? They really DO save you money. If you are a sharp shopper, you can find many wonderful bargains at dollar stores. Bags of chips for a party - $1. Brand name over the counter medicines - $1. Fun gifts for a child - $1. Candles to decorate your house - $1. Holiday items - $1. Don't miss out on these wonderful savings

- Submitted by FERRETLOVER1 12/11/2011 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Save Time Shopping for Healthy Foods

Save grocery shopping receipt and your list is ready made. emoticon

- Submitted by FIRSTLADYJ1 10/10/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Shop at Thrift Stores

It can be a little overwhelming, but you can save so much money by shopping at them. I saved about $700 on clothing this summer by thrifting. I also have a blog where I post all my finds etc. Feel free to check it out!
niftythriftygoodwill
.wordpress.com

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 10/10/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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The Fridge List

When an item is "almost" empty (ie vanilla extract, windex, TP, coffee) I add it to the shopping list hanging on the fridge. Ask family members to do the same, instead of telling you "we need more..." I copy the list to a note on my phone, or take a pic. No emergency runs to the store for this or that by planning ahead...great lessons for kids...plus I get to look for sales...and we always have TP!
We call it the "Fridge List". emoticon

- Submitted by JACEYLEE 9/7/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Eat clean

Try to eat only fresh food in it's most natural state. Do most of your grocery shopping around the perimeter of the store, staying out of all of the boxed and canned goods. Most importantly, read the ingredients list. Put it back on the shelf if it has sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or any other ingredient that you cannot pronounce.

- Submitted by AMFETZ21 8/26/2011 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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Planning Weekly Food Shop- Never forget a thing!

I have a list of every item I ever buy on our computer. From food to loo rolls to sundry items I buy occasionally, listed in groups (fresh fruit and veg, meats, sauces, toiletries,cleaning items, frozen) according to where I'll find the item in the supermarket.
Once a week I simply adjust the list and print it off. The Original List is saved as "read only" so remains unchanged.
As a package becomes empty (or near empty) I make a note to replace it

Very rarely to I forget anything.
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- Submitted by NEW-CAZ 7/22/2011 in Organization | 3 Comments
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Jeans for $8

I have a new blog post about how to shop for designer jeans in thrift stores!
http://niftythriftygoodw
ill.wordpress.com/
ch
eck it out and feel free to leave comments!

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 7/17/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Saving Money on Clothes

I have a blog that will teach you how to shop on an extreme budget while maintaining a beautiful wardrobe! I hope you guys will check it out...we should have nice clothes to go along with our nice new bodies :D

http://niftythrift
ygoodwill.wordpress.com/

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 7/13/2011 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Stop Paying Retail

I have a new post on my blog! It'll show you an outfit that cost about 10% of the retail cost...and is super cute. STOP PAYING RETAIL!

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 7/13/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Nifty Thrifty

I have a new post on my blog, a lesson on where to shop when you're on a budget. Leave a comment!

http://nifty
thriftygoodwill.wordpres
s.com/

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 7/11/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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How to Shop on a Budget

I have an amazing new blog about how to shop at Goodwill (yeah, I swear you can!) http://niftythriftygoodwill.
wordpress.com/
you
can save thousands of dollars shopping this way, and still look fabulous. Use that saved money to buy good, organic food or go on a stress reducing vacation. Clothing shouldn't be a huge expense in your life...and I can show you how to do it.

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 7/10/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Saving Money While Eating Healthy

The best thing to do is buy in season...

This is what $40 got me at Food Lion. It enough food for my and my hubby for 1 week.

I eat leftovers and the fresh food for my breakfast and lunch.

Re the chicken... We eat what we want and the rest is used to make chicken stock or chicken soup depending on how much is left. I will buy a whole chicken and cut it in pieces myself.. so 3 chickens yield 3 meals of 1 breast each, 2 meals of 2 thighs each (4 for hubby), and one meal of baked "wings"...

- Submitted by RENEEOFARRELL 6/16/2011 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Make a Shopping List!

Don't shop on the run -- make a list of the healthy items you need for a week!
Don't over-shop, don't buy 'treats' to reward yourself for the weekend.
Think healthy, think lo-cal, think about what you really need not what you crave!

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 6/4/2011 in Healthy Eating | 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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