7 Tips for Shopping on a Budget

The No. 1 tip for putting your food budget on a diet is BUY ONLY THE FOOD YOU NEED. Yes, it’s tough, but you can learn to refrain from impulse buys and eye-catching offers that lurk around every corner. Make a list and stick to it!

You know what makes tip No. 1 easier? MealPlanMap.com. Our state-of-the-art meal planning program not only lets you select the delicious and healthy meals for your week, but also spits out your shopping list. That takes the guesswork out of shopping and leaves more room in your car – and more money in your bank account.


Meanwhile, we’ve shopped around for a few more good tips for shopping on a budget. If you’re holding out on signing up for our affordable and proven service, you can bank on these tips to help you eat well and save money.


Eat first – I know that couch or recliner looks comfortable, but you’ll buy fewer snacks because you’ll be less likely to jump at the newest variety of OREOs!


Shop later – Make a list and check it twice. You’ll spend less if you stop at the store once a week – but only if you stick to your list!


Praise the leftovers – Plan meals so that you have enough leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. Leftovers can be frozen and trotted out for a quick meal on a future day.


Bigger is better – Buy the supersized containers of snacks or cases of drinks, then downsize them into single servings. The cost saving here is enormous. Your individually wrapped packages are great for hectic grab-and-go moments.


Trim and repeat – Buy family-sized or other large packages of specially priced meat. You can pre–cook or marinate your bounty and then split it into separate meals and freeze to offer fast, microwavable and flavorful meals.


A totally cool tactic – Arm yourself with a calculator or use the app on your phone to keep a running tab on the items you put in your cart. You can slam the brakes on shopping (and spending) when you hit your budgeted limit!


A final food for thought: It may be marked “on sale,” but it’s only a good buy if you or your family will actually eat it.



John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.


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