“1 IN 3 AMERICANS IS PLANNING TO CUT BACK ON FOOD SPENDING.”

No economics degree necessary to see that costs have been steadily rising.

We’ve seen it with gas … but, it’s affecting everything across the board.

We can all drive less – but, food is something we all need.

Here are some suggestions that you can use today to decrease your food costs, while keeping your diet healthy.

EAT MORE HOME COOKED MEALS

REDUCE FOOD WASTE – I am really bad at buying produce only to have it spoil in a bottom drawer in the extra fridge. TIP: Take a critical look at your fridge and pantry. Use the foods that are just about to go bad and make them into some sort of meal. Blend and freeze the parsley – same with the softening lemon on the counter.

SHOP ONLY WITH A LIST – and, don’t go when you’re hungry.

DO YOU REALLY NEED IT? BEWARE THOSE COUPONS AND “DEALS”

BREAK UP WITH FRUIT JUICE AND SODA

LEARN MORE ABOUT NON-MEAT PROTEINS – I know….I was pretty apprehensive too. But, I’ve tried a few and they are REALLY tasty!

TRIPLE-WASHED GREENS IN A BAG MAKE GETTING MORE VEGGIES INTO YOUR MEALS BUT, ARE FAR MORE EXPENSIVE.

BUY FROZEN AND CANNED PRODUCE – Are your fave berries exorbitantly expensive? Try the frozen!

MY FAVORITE – OATS – Buy these in bulk.

FOOD PREP AND SAVE – I resist this….don’t know why… stack prepped soups vertically in freezer and save!

CONSIDER EGGS – affordable and a GREAT source of protein!

TAKEAWAY: You can cut food costs if you spend the time to plan ahead and cook them yourself more often.

xoxo, Rosanna
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