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Grocery Shopping Tips

Stock up on superfoods.

"Plenty of fruits and vegetables are both nutrient dense and inexpensive," says Lauren Futrell Dunaway, RD, program manager at the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her best budget-friendly, vitamin-packed produce picks:
Bananas contain plenty of potassium as well as vitamins B6 and C.
Cabbage is loaded with vitamin C. Every cup of cooked, shredded cabbage that you eat provides 75 percent of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of C.
Cantaloupe is high in vitamins A and C.
Carrots have more vitamin A than any other vegetable, and they're rich in vitamins C and B6.
Greens, such as spinach and turnip, mustard, and collard greens, are full of vitamin A.
Honeydew melon is high in vitamin C.
Oranges and grapefruits each supply more than 100 percent of your RDA of vitamin C.
Plums are packed with healthy antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Potatoes are a good source of vitamins C and B6 and potassium.

Downsize your shopping cart.

Don't be lured into buying mass quantities of anything -- whether it's chicken, condiments, or paper products -- at a warehouse store. It's a myth that bigger is cheaper, says Joanie Demer, coauthor of Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey. Truth is, you'll actually end up spending more.

Know when not to go natural.

"People think that if they eat everything organic, they'll be healthier, but organic butter and sugar have the same fat and calories as regular butter and sugar," points out Jennifer Welper, executive chef at Hilton Head Health, a weight-loss spa in South Carolina. Plus, organic foods are often more expensive. When you're choosing snacks, look for tasty, good-for-you foods that will fill you up for around 150 calories. A handful (about one ounce) of almonds, a piece of fruit, or a plain nonfat yogurt with berries is a much smarter choice than all-natural cookies or chips.

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anonymous wrote:

I enjoyed your article as I am a very experienced budget shopper.People might also consider buying knock-off items instead of name brands. In my store cream of mushroom soup is $129 a can for the name brand and the store brand name is .49 and there is no difference in quality.

6/7/2012 02:43:05 PM Report Abuse
mrs-klaus wrote:

All was good info. Thank you. I never shop on empty. My pressure canner will get more use. I would like to make my own soups as well. Less salt & I know whats in it.

10/15/2011 10:19:41 PM Report Abuse
jgraham87413 wrote:

You can purchase a pressure cooker at QVC. I got one that is electric which can also be used as a slow cooker. I bought one for my daughter and daughter inlaw and they love them.

1/15/2011 08:12:01 AM Report Abuse
grammieluvsu wrote:

i enjoyed this article very much. I never knew you could actually cook in a pressure cooker. I have used one years ago for canning. Can anyone tell me where I can purchase one now? Mine had to be left behind when I moved from the east to the west coast. I have looked in several stores and can not find one anywhere.

11/6/2010 07:21:43 PM Report Abuse
simpsoncampbell wrote:

Canola oil comes from the canola plant or what used to be called the rapeseed plant. Not surprisingly the name is not very marketable so they changed it to canola. If you are driving in the mid summer and see farm fields full of a yellow flowering plant, that is canola or rapeseed. If you crush the seed it is 42% oil. The husk is them used for other things.

11/2/2010 08:37:36 AM Report Abuse

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