By Ashley Watson
Budgeting for meals can be easier than you think if you remember that saving money will also encourage healthier eating habits. You already know that whole foods are more healthful than processed foods, but did you realize they were cheaper, as well?
Here are some tips to remember when creating your grocery budget and shopping lists:
Plan Your Meals
Planning your meals for the week may feel a little too ambitious, but it will save time and money in the end. Think about how long it takes to decide what you want to eat after a long day at work when you are already tired and hungry. You don’t have to sit down and write a detailed menu for every night of the week, but it’s a good idea to have a general sense of which meals you want to prepare.
Teri Gault, CEO and founder of TheGroceryGame.com, wife and mother of two, began The Grocery Game as a home-based business in February 2000. As an avid saver and coupon-clipper, Teri decided to use her skills to create a list to help identify when to use coupons, based on categorical sales trends, to achieve maximum savings at her local supermarket. Since 2000 The Grocery Game has expanded to over 50 states and continues to expand globally. Today the average family of four saves up to 67% a month in groceries, totaling about over $500 a month in savings, by playing The Grocery Game and following Teri’s Tips to shopping.
You WILL pay more for organic than conventionally produced food, BUT you DON’T have to pay full price! Plus there’s some money saving alternatives you may want to consider.
First of all, “organic” or “natural”? In the US, to bear the name “organic”, it must be USDA certified organic, which is costly to food producers. But, more and more “natural” food manufacturers are doing almost the same things as considerable alternatives. The catch is that there are no government standards for what “natural” may mean. Your best bet is to visit the manufacturer’s website and read what “natural” means to them. You just might find, for instance, a chicken grower who pledges to use no hormones and no antibiotics. If that takes care of your main concerns, you just cut your poultry bill by about 75%!
If losing weight is your new year’s resolution, then take a look at Medifast. They’ve made it affordable to jump start your weight loss with a special coupon offer. You’ll save $50 off any purchase of $275 or more during January when you use the coupon code JAN31C at check-out.
That’s good toward the men’s, women’s or diabetic’s Medifast plans, or any of the Medifast products online.
This special offer from Medifast is valid until January 31, 2010 and is sure to help you follow through on your weight loss goals. (more…)
Help stick to your weight loss resolution commitments by joining traineoPLUS, an online fitness and weight loss program. Online weight loss programs have shown very positive results over the years, as they allow flexibility, anonymity and accessible tools necessary for managing your journey.
traineoPLUS is an online program that allows you to easily record your eating, exercise and progress to goal weight loss.
Based on the scientifically-proven idea that those who regularly record their weight loss efforts are far more likely to reach goals and maintain the loss, traineoPLUS provides its users greater detail and information allowing for even greater success. Each day you’ll record your weight loss (or gain) and be presented with a graph that not only shows your progress but projects your weight loss to goal date. This allows you to modify behaviors throughout the journey. (more…)
Know a fan of The Biggest Loser who is working toward a transforming their own life? Then encourage them with these Biggest Loser products that are sure to make great stocking stuffers or holiday gifts.
Now through December 11, NBC is running a special 10 Days of Deals! Each day three items will be marked down to incredibly low prices, but only for that day. Some of these must-have Biggest Loser items include:
12/2 – Biggest Loser Waterbottle, only $7.99 (save $4)
12/3 – Biggest Loser Workout Cardio Max DVD, only $8.99 (15% off)
12/4 – Biggest Loser Boot Camp, only $9.49 (15% off)
12/5 – Keep Walking Jillian Quote Tee, only $16.99 (save $8) (more…)
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS EXPIRED. WINNERS WERE NOTIFIED 2/2/09 and 2/9/09. Thank you for your interest.
We’re giving away two six-month supplies of Sensa (valued at $235 each), the new appetite suppressant that helps you manage your weight. Simply join MyDIR, the new community at DietsInReview.com, and complete your profile to be eligible. The two winners will be selected in drawings February 2 and February 9, and notified via their MyDIR message center.
Sensa is a weight loss supplement that manages feelings of hunger. You simply sprinkle the Sensa Tastants on to the food you’re eating, and it triggers nerve receptors that signal satiety. Sensa is sodium-free, sugar-free, and calorie-free, and does not alter the taste of your food.
You can read our complete Sensa review here.
Last week we introduced to you Oprah’s new favorite thing- the Amazon Kindle.
This impressive digital reading device sells at Amazon for $359. When Oprah pulls a string, people listen. As such, you can save $50 off your Amazon Kindle purchase by using the promotional code OPRAHWINFREY.
We invite you to learn more about Oprah’s must-have new gadget, and see our list of the 20 Top Diet Books for Amazon Kindle. Or, if your mind is made, grab your Amazon Kindle now.
This offer expires 10/31/08.
If you’ve ever considered using Medifast to jumpstart a diet or to meet your weight loss goal, now might be the perfect time to put those thoughts into action. Medifast is offering new customers two weeks of meals for free, for a savings of about $150/week! Medifast is a medically-sound weight loss approach that has been delivering its diet products for more than 28 years. The method has been proven to help people lose 2-5 pounds per week in many clinical studies, prescribed by doctors for overweight patients and even a preferred way to lose weight by Hollywood celebs (Genie Francis, “Laura” from General Hospital and Kristy Swanson “Buffy” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).