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Top Tips to Save Money While Grocery Shopping

It’s meal planning day in the Hepka Household which means hitting the grocery store tomorrow! Often times when I’m talking with clients the subject of how to save money and still eat healthy arises…so I thought that I would share with you my TOP TIPS to save money while grocery shopping! You ready?!

1 – Try a discount store like Aldi’s or hit the farmer’s market. Prices will be cheaper especially on produce which means you can splurge on healthy cuts of protein OR use the money you saved from your grocery bill and apply it to a fun family activity this weekend.

2 – Be flexible. Yes, meal planning is a MUST however if you get to the store and the price of turkey filets are too much but the price for chicken is spot on…then make the substitute. If the price of fresh parsley is out of your budget then go with dry. If the strawberries don’t look good that day change it up and try a different one! You are heading to the store with a PLAN however it’s not set in stone. Be creative and swap protein for another protein or a fruit for a different fruit.

3 – Join a Bulk store. We have Sam’s Club and Costco here in NC. Are you able to get a family member on board and split the membership fee? Y’all can make meal planning and shopping a team event. Hit the store together, make healthy choices together, save money together.

4 – Buy only what’s on your list! I get it, it’s difficult grocery shopping especially when you take the kids. Even mine who are older constantly ask if they can get this or that. So what helps our household is getting their opinion BEFORE going to the store. Ask them what they would like for breakfast, for lunch and snacks. If you have multiple children have them agree on 1-2 snacks. I give my 3 boys a choice between two chips that they all like but I do not like so that they can have chips in their lunch. It not only save me money with buying one bag but by giving an option that I don’t care for keeps my paws out of the bag 😉

Do you have a tip that is not mentioned here? Share it with us below! Did you find this helpful? Please feel free to share it!

Have a great Saturday

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Top Tips for Meal Prepping…

Here’s my thoughts on meal prepping….it’s a MUST you guys! If you want to succeed at all times with putting the proper nutrition into your body then this is the first step! Here is EXACTLY what I do each week.  

1) Clean out your fridge! There is nothing worse than opening your fridge and having a mixture of old and new foods…so get rid of the old. Make sure you wipe the shelves clean with a damp cloth as well. This will make your fridge look so much more inviting when you open it.

2) Make a list. Make a plan as to what you are going to be making for the next 4-5 days. Choose 1-3 meals for breakfast, snack ideas and 2-4 ideas for lunch and dinner. By coming up with this many food choices you can only purchase what you will need and on day 6 & 7 you can use up whatever leftovers you have. Not only will this save you time cooking but it will also SAVE YOU MONEY!

3) Get shopping. Take your list to the store and STICK TO IT! Don’t purchase things that are not on your list. When shopping, make sure you stick to the parameter of the store to guarantee you are getting whole foods filled with nutrients and vitamins.

4) Wash. When you come home, wash, cut and store your clean veggies and fruit in proper serving baggies. This will help for those times when you are packing snacks/meals or in a hurry. You can grab and go in a flash. You can also do this for pantry items. If you buy a bag of pretzels or some other snacks then portion them out. You can purchase a nice looking bin at Wal-Mart or Target and use it for all snacks. Portion out the snacks into snack bags, toss in the snack box and when you are packing, it’s already done! This will also help the kiddos learn portion control 🙂

5) Cook ahead. Look at your menu for the week and see what you can make ahead….especially for breakfast and lunches. I normally make 3-4 chicken breast every Sunday and use throughout the week for salads, wraps or as the main dish. I also find having a bowl of hard boil eggs in the fridge is helpful. Again, every Sunday I make a dozen of hard boil eggs and normally have one along with turkey crumbles (also made ahead of time) for my mid morning snack.

6) Plate it up. Line your countertops with containers and make your meals for the week. When you are packing lunches or it’s time for dinner, this will save so much time!

7) Organize your fridge. Place all veggies, fruits and protein at eye level. DO NOT put your veggies and fruits in the crisper! Instead if you have unhealthy options such as pudding snacks, beer, soda etc put these items in the crisper. Out of sight, out of mind….right?! 

Follow these tips and I promise, you won’t have to dine out, won’t have to stop at a vending machine because you will always be prepared!! You will achieve your goals with planning and prepping…I promise!