Advertising lines like “Buy the large economy size” have taught us that larger packages are cheaper. But that’s not always true! To find the best buy when you’re comparing products, use the unit price, not just the package price. You can usually find unit prices on a shelf sticker just below the food or beverage item. Unit prices show you the cost per ounce, pound, or other unit. By using this information, you can compare different brands and different sizes of the same brand to find the best value for your money. For example if one can of green beans costs 5 cents an ounce and another costs 6 cents an ounce, the beans at 5 cents an ounce are cheaper. Using unit prices is one of the best ways to save.
Did you know that we don’t have a food group called “Meats” anymore? The group is called “Proteins.” That’s because there are so many other delicious, healthy foods that we can enjoy in place of meats. And most of them cost less! Enjoy poultry, fish, eggs, and nuts. Beans, like kidney beans, navy beans, black beans, chickpeas, and lentils, are great protein foods, too. Eat them in soups or salads, or with whole grains like whole-grain pasta, brown rice, or tortillas. Enjoy a meatless dinner one to three times a week to eat healthy and save money.
Take advantage of meat sales by learning how to use the different cuts of meat. If you’re not sure how to cook something, or how much to buy, check out a cookbook at the library, look online, or ask the butcher. Here’s another money-saving tip: You can also probably save by watching portion sizes. One healthy serving of meat is only 2 to-3 ounces – about the size of a deck of cards. So watch for sales, and buy just what you need!
Believe it or not, now is a great time to buy oranges! They’re in season in places like Florida and Spain and are likely to be on sale at your local grocery store. Look for fruit that feels heavy for its size and store oranges at room temperature. They make great snacks, especially Mandarin oranges such as clementines, which are small, easy to peel, and seedless. Oranges are also a tasty addition to tossed salads, fruit salads, salsa, and vegetable salads. Lastly, make a delicious smoothie by blending fresh orange, frozen peaches, and yogurt. Enjoy the fresh taste and low price of oranges now!