If only your waist could be as skinny as your wallet! If your belt-tightening is not just a necessity but a weight-loss goal, these may be challenging days for you. It is still possible to stick to a healthy diet without busting the bank.

Shopping Guidelines

Fortunately, there are smart ways to overcome the current costs for food. Here are some general guidelines for healthy food shopping when counting calories and pennies:

  1. Buy whole foods. The more preparation that has gone into a food, the more it will cost. For example, a head of lettuce, whether it’s romaine or iceberg, costs less than bagged salad. The same applies to meats — buying and roasting your own turkey breast is usually a fraction of the per-pound cost of sliced turkey at the deli counter.
  2. Cook more of your own meals. Cooking at home is easier on your budget than eating out or buying meals precooked and gives you total calorie counting control.
  3. Buy in bulk. Put your freezer to good use; large bags of frozen vegetables and fruits can save you money over fresh produce. Apply the same strategy to bulk meats, especially when they are on sale.
  4. Buy in season. Buying fruits and veggies in season is always easier on your budget.
  5. Watch the sales. If you’re wondering where to shop, keep an eye on sales announcements. You can find deals at almost any store.