Tag: grocery shopping

Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You to Spend More

by in Grocery Shopping, April 20, 2017

If you’re like most folks who are on a food budget, you head to the supermarket with a list in hand. Oftentimes, however, you end up leaving the store with a cart filled with items that you had no intention on bringing home. Supermarkets are in the business of getting you to spend more, and many folks fall into their trappings. Here are 5 ways to help minimize overspending at the market.

Oversized carts

When you hit the grocery store to purchase a few items and are wheeling around a huge cart, adding a few more items may seem harmless. Those large carts filled with only a few items also makes you feel like you aren’t purchasing enough, playing on your feeling of guilt.

Instead: Use a hand-held basket, or many supermarkets now offer smaller sized carts that offer fewer items.

Hidden staples

How many times have you gone to grab milk and eggs and added just a few more items to your cart? To get to many perishable items on your shopping list, you’ll need to walk through other aisles which tend to be filled with snack foods and sugary beverages.

Instead: When walking through aisles filled with junk-type foods, focus only on what you need to buy. Also, make sure you eat before heading to the supermarket, so you don’t make these types of impulsive buys. Lastly, keep your kids at home if they tend to whine and beg for junk foods when you’re running through those middle aisles (my eldest son was one of those kids). Read more

Nutrition News: Granola and Other “Healthy” Food Myths, Busted; Nutritionally Sound Grocery Savings

by in Food News & Trends, September 2, 2016

Granola: Snack at Your Own Risk

Americans think of granola as healthy, but the granola we buy in stores or, often, make at home is usually so loaded with sugar we may as well be eating a piece of cake, a handful of cookies or a doughnut. In some cases, that cup of granola we eat for breakfast may actually contain more sugar than some of those dessert items, The New York Times notes, which explains why the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines categorize granola as a “grain-based dessert.” Some nutritionists say you can manage a healthier workaround by buying unsweetened granola and preparing it without adding sugar, but others just advise avoiding it altogether. Read more

The Beginner’s Guide to Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping

by in Gluten-Free, Grocery Shopping, May 24, 2016

If you’ve just starting eating gluten-free, you’ll be glad to know that navigating your local grocery store is easier than ever and, with many national chains manufacturing their own food products, prices are better than you imagine. So what’s the key to ultimate shopping success? Knowing not only where to find gluten-free foods in your supermarket, but identifying which foods are worth buying ready-to-eat and which ones you’re better off making from scratch. Read more

Taste Test: Vegan Cheese

by in Grocery Shopping, May 3, 2016

In response to the rise in allergies and in demand for nondairy cheeses, numerous vegan cheeses are now widely available. Vegan cheeses can be made from a variety of ingredients, like soy, tapioca, rice and almonds. Find out if these vegan cheeses measure up in flavor and nutrition.

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Bottled Matcha, Now in a Store Near You

by in Grocery Shopping, April 22, 2016

Matcha is a ground-up version of green tea leaves that’s a caffeinated alternative to coffee. It has 70 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce cup. Coffee has 96 milligrams for the same portion, but matcha drinkers say that their energy is more consistent, with less of a dive after the caffeine effect wears off. By consuming the leaves directly (instead of steeping them in water as you would green tea), you get more nutrients and antioxidants in one punch. At about 10 calories per teaspoon, matcha is a calorie-friendly way to get green tea flavor, and it dissolves easily in milk or water. Instead of trying to find a specialty shop that blends matcha up for you, you can now purchase the green stuff in bottled form at your local grocery store.

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The Rise of Store Brands

by in Grocery Shopping, April 17, 2016

Store brands used to just be for die-hard bargain shoppers, but the demand for high-quality ones has recently spiked. In response, many large store chains have responded by delivering some excellent products at equally favorable prices. Here are some of the most-popular store brands and a few of their most-impressive products.

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Nutrition News: Healthy-Eating Insurance Discount, “Activity Equivalent” Calorie Labeling and Walmart’s Cage-Free Eggs

by in Food News & Trends, April 15, 2016

Healthy Eaters and Financial Incentives

Why didn’t anyone do this before? The insurance company John Hancock is now offering its life insurance policyholders financial incentives — lower premiums, grocery-store discounts and cash back deals — for consuming healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. The company’s president, Michael Doughty, told USA Today that the program, the first of its kind, involves a loyalty card policyholders swipe at the supermarket register and is “designed to recognize that nutrition, and particularly nutrition combined with exercise, is really the best recipe for living a long and healthy life.” And he said, “If we can play a role in helping our customers in doing that, it’s going to be good for them and good for us as a company.” Right on.

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Now Trending: Crazy-Creative Mayonnaise Flavors

by in Grocery Shopping, April 15, 2016

Alert! Crazy mayos are sweeping the nation. Everyone from small artisanal operations to the daddy of all mayos, Hellmann’s, has gotten in the game, disrupting the basic emulsification of eggs and oil with wacky flavorings. No longer do you have to wonder how to spice up a turkey sandwich on whole wheat.

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What to Look For When Buying Meat

by in Grocery Shopping, April 9, 2016

Heading to the market to purchase meat? Before putting anything into your cart, you should always examine it to ensure that it is safe to eat. Here’s what you should be looking for.

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Bites Are the New Bars

by in Grocery Shopping, February 24, 2016

Snack bars, energy bars, meal-replacement bars and even bars that claim to help aid in sleep have saturated the market for some time. But what if you just want a nibble, and not a full bar snack? Try bites. We think they’re the new bars! Portable and easy to pop one or two when you need an energy boost or a tiny bedtime treat, they’re taking over the bar marketplace at lightning speed. We rounded up a few of the latest offerings, below.

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