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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Eating Healthy While Saving Money

Eating Healthy While Saving Money
 In 2011, food-at-home Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 4.8 percent. In 2012, the CPI for all food is projected to increase 2.5 to 3.5 percent. The average U.S. household spends $6,372 for food annually (Bureau of Labor and Statistics). The average four person household wastes $600 of food each year according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Some tips to keep your food costs under control include:
• Think before you drink. Beverages like bottled tea and flavored waters should be considered treats rather than everyday purchases. Soda offers little nutritional value.
• Do you know how much money are spending on food eaten away from home? This includes fast food restaurants, take out, convenience stores/gas stations, mall food court and the movie theatre.
• Entertaining can be fun, but costly. If you like to entertain, but hate what it does to your budget, start hosting potluck affairs. Provide the entrée and ask guests to bring appetizers, side dishes and desserts.
• Shop the specials. Plan meals around sale items especially more expensive purchases like meat. Also buy foods in season.

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