14 Ways to Save Money on Groceries
by Joseph Mercola: Words
of Wisdom from One of the Greatest Fitness Leaders of All Time
offers some advice on how to save money at the market with tips
from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper. Here are
- Try lining
your refrigerator's crisper drawer with paper towels; they'll
absorb excess moisture and keep your vegetables from rotting
- A bay leaf
in a container of flour, pasta, or rice will repel bugs
spoil less quickly in a bunch keep them together until
you eat them
- To make
cottage cheese or sour cream last longer, turn the container upside
down this creates a vacuum that inhibits the growth of
- If you're
unsure of an egg's freshness, put it in a cup of water; fresh
eggs sink, while bad ones float
To read the
rest of the tips, you can click on the link below.
Shine February 9, 2011
savvy grocery shopper is a skill well worth learning, as you will
need to invest some high-quality time shopping for, and preparing,
your food if you want to stay healthy.
You may be
tempted to "save money" on food using the dollar menu at your local
fast-food restaurant, but this will cost you dearly in the long-run
as the food is virtually guaranteed to:
takes more time and effort, true. But it's also the only way you'll
have control over what types of food you feed your family. Learning
to be a savvy food shopper is not only about the price tag (looking
for freshness and food quality are also important), but, that being
said, the more you can keep your grocery bill down, the better.
shares some great tips in the Yahoo
Shine article above. Among those not listed above:
- Store fresh
herbs (washed and sealed in plastic bags) in your freezer. They'll
stay fresh for a month and defrost instantly when you want to
use them for cooking.
- Make limp
celery, carrots and radishes crunchy again by placing them in
a bowl of ice water with a slice of raw potato.
- Spread butter
on the cut side of hard cheeses to keep them from drying out in
- Put rice
in your salt shaker to absorb condensation and keep salt from
- Store your
butter in the freezer; it will keep fresh for up to six months.
notice is that many of these tips involve ways to keep your foods
fresher, longer, to avoid food waste.
an estimated 1,400 calories of food per person, each and every day,
according to a study published in the journal
PloS One. These wasted calories represent not only 39 percent
of the available U.S. food supply, but also account for approximately
300 million barrels of oil annually, with all of the environmental
implications that go along with fossil fuel consumption.
wasted food equals wasted resources of all kinds, including the
hard-earned money you spend on groceries that never actually reach
If you're eating
healthy, fresh produce and other foods that spoil easily will
be a large part of your diet. So part of being a savvy grocery shopper
is knowing how to properly store your fresh foods so you actually
get the chance to eat them before they spoil.
Tips for Keeping
Your Groceries Fresher, Longer
want to make sure your fridge is kept cold enough below 40
degrees Fahrenheit, or 4 degrees Celsius. This will ensure food
safety. Also leave enough space in your fridge for cold air to circulate.
If your refrigerator is too tightly packed, your food will spoil
want to properly
store each individual food.
To best preserve
beets, for example, you would remove the green tops and refrigerate
the beets and the greens in separate plastic bags, while corn should
be refrigerated while still in the husk to stay fresh the longest.
on the other hand, can last up to two weeks right on the counter,
while garlic and onions need to be stored in a dark, cool pantry,
where they will stay fresh for up to four months. Berries keep the
best when refrigerated unwashed in their original container.
Herbs can also
be notoriously tricky to keep from wilting, but if you keep them
in an air-tight container wrapped in a moistened paper towel, they'll
maintain their freshness for up to 10 days in your fridge (or you
can use the freezer trick mentioned earlier).
The life of
leafy greens can also be extended by as much as three extra days
if you don't wash them before putting them in your fridge, while
bunches of asparagus should be stored upright in the refrigerator
in a plastic bag in an inch of water, or with a damp towel wrapped
around the base.
One of my all-time
favorite tricks, which works for most produce, is to create a "vacuum
pack" to help protect it from oxygen that will accelerate its decay.
Leave the produce in the bag it came in from the grocery store,
place it against your chest and use your arm to squeeze the excess
air out of the bag.
Once the air
is removed you can seal it with a twist tie and thus minimize exposure
to oxygen. This simple technique can easily double or triple the
normal shelf life of your vegetables by keeping oxygen away from
Keep in mind,
too, that surface imperfections like small "bruises" on fruits,
a minute speck of mold on a piece of cheese, or a bit of wilting
are typically not going to make you sick. They can be cut
off and the food will still be fine to eat.
The Best Place
to Buy Your Groceries May Not be Your Grocery Store …
mentioning that conventional grocery stores are not really the best
places to get your food. They're convenient, yes, and they may be
the only option for some of you, particularly during the winter
But in the
long run, and as much as possible, you're better off getting your
food from a farmer's
market or community-supported agriculture program (CSA). The
food will be local, which means that it will be fresher and also
will help preserve the environment by preventing the wasteful use
of fossil fuels in transportation.
I am in South Florida and every Sunday morning I purchase my week's
supply of vegetables at Josh's
Organic Garden as it really has some of the healthiest and best
looking vibrant vegetables I have ever seen and most are
on a smaller scale, and especially locally
grown organic food, is generally safer and more nutritious than
the factory-farmed food typically sold in grocery stores. And, the
fresher your foods are to start with, the longer they will be safe
to eat, which means you'll probably have less waste when you buy
your foods from local sources as opposed to at the grocery store.
If you really
want to save on groceries and get the freshest produce available,
you can even consider starting
your own vegetable garden this spring. When factoring in startup
and maintenance costs, a well-maintained food garden yields a $500
average return each year compared to the market price of produce,
according to the National
Gardening Association (NGA). So there is a definite financial
the financial reasons, starting a garden and seeing it through to
harvest is very rewarding. You'll feel a great sense of accomplishment
as you sit down to feast, quite literally, on the fruits of your
Focus on Nutrition, No Matter Where You Shop
The best "bargains"
at your grocery store may not always be one in the same with the
best choices for your health. Watch out for sales and low prices
processed pseudo-foods and realize that even if you can get
a can of processed ravioli or a bag of chips for under $1, that
money is being essentially wasted because the food is doing absolutely
nothing beneficial for your health.
off spending that dollar on a pound of string beans or zucchini,
or putting it toward a pound of grass-fed meat, than you are throwing
it away on processed junk food.
you can still find many affordable, nutritious foods at your farmer's
market or local health food store, or even at the corner grocery.
For ideas, here are 10
of the healthiest foods you can buy for typically less than $1.
If you want to save money, also steer clear of those precut, ready-to-use
fruits and veggies, as they can cost twice as much as the uncut
and unprepared versions.
can help tweak your food purchases to get the most health "bang
for your buck" by focusing on those that are right for your nutritional
type. The nutritional
typing assessment is now absolutely free, and will give you
an idea of which foods you should eat for optimal health and nutrition.
2011 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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