|My local grocery store - Acme Fresh Market|
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Looking to eat healthier and save money at the same time? Shop around the edge of the grocery store. All the good stuff is around the edge - fruit and vegetables, dairy and bakery, meat and fish. The middle aisles? The middle aisles are full of processed junk that I really shouldn't buy.
There are a few middle aisles that are necessary - the baking and spice aisle, the canned vegetable aisle, and the international aisle. I try to stick to canned tomatoes, dried pasta, beans, and vegetable oil.
Beyond that is a wasteland of prepared foods and snack items. (All of which the kids are begging me to buy.) It's also where all the expensive stuff is. Sure, beef tenderloin costs $15.99 a pound. But have you seen the price of potato chips?
*I had to buy cans of soup for a canned food drive, so I ventured into the soup aisle. I was horrified. Give me my pressure cooker, a leftover chicken carcass, Italian sausage, and some dried pasta and I can do better than everything they had for sale - and that's on a weeknight, when I don't have time to really cook.
It's even better to buy the "edge of the store" items at my local butcher, farmers market, or ethnic market. I try to stock up at those places. But I'm feeding a family of five, with three busy kids; The convenience of one stop shopping is impossible to pass up. Every Saturday I sit down with the flyer from my grocery store and make a meal plan for the week based on what's on sale.
What do you think? Any special tricks you use in the grocery store? Leave them in the comments section below.