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Grocery Store Steals and Tips

How to Eat Right and Save Too!

Deciding to have a baby is one of the biggest financial committments that you'll ever make. And if you're on a budget, trying to save a little cash, eating healthy can be frustrating. What you need is help finding some grocery store steals and tips. An important part of maintaining a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy and after is being supermarket savvy. At times, eating the nutritious stuff can cost a little more than the unhealthy foods you might consume, so it's important to know how to get the most out of your buck when you stop at the store. Here are some tips on how to save:

Plan your meals out for the week. You'll be more likely to avoid impulse buying. Chances are, if you do succumb to spur-of-the-moment shopping and cravings, you'll not only add to your bill, but also make selections that aren't the healthiest. Plus, if you have a plan for each night, you'll be less likely to spend money at a restaurant.

Glance up and glance down! Manufacturers actually pay more to have their food placed at eye level, and such products are often pricier than other brands. Better deals will probably be found above and below eye-level shelves. To save money, all you have to do is look.

Take your time. Go when you're not in a rush and when you're not tired. If possible, it's also a good idea to go alone. You avoid little ones sneaking extras into the cart or fussing until you buy that box of new, cool dinosaur-shaped cookies. Save yourself the peace of mind and leave the kids at home. If you're able to go slowly and without distraction, you'll have more time to hunt around for better buys.

Bring a calculator. If you're really serious about saving money, gauge the cost per ounce to compare different brands and sizes. The biggest size is not always the best deal. Be flexible with the brands that you buy. Oftentimes the store brands taste just as good as the national brands and come at a portion of the cost. Don't be afraid to experiment-- you might be pleasantly surprised.

Clip it. Coupons really can save you money. Yes, it takes time to go through the paper to find them. But in the long term, these can add up. A warning: only use coupons on items you'd be buying anyway. If you buy items you don't want just because they're a "deal," you're not putting your money to good use.
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Liz Noelcke
Liz is a freelance writer, specializing in health, fitness, and nutrition.
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