How to Shop at Big Box Chains

Produce at Big Box Chain

It would be great if we all had time to shop for produce at the local farmers market, quality meats at the local butcher and delicious whole grains at the health-conscious bakery. The problem is that most of us don't have that kind of time. We need to get it done in one fell swoop, and preferably at a low price.

For this reason, shopping at "big box" stores like Costco is something many of us do regularly. That's okay, but it does make eating healthy difficult. Making healthy choices when confronted with an endless array of processed, boxed foods and snacks takes a conscious effort. Here are some tips to help you save money:

1. Split Fresh Foods

Bulk fresh produce is great, but it may go to waste. You aren't going to eat 10 cucumbers, right. The key is to go ahead and buy those bulk fresh items, and split them with family members or friends. Go in with a plan and figure out beforehand what you'll get and how much it will cost. Split costs and produce, saving money and ensuring that food doesn't get wasted.

2. Utilize a Vacuum Sealer

These are great for freezing and storing foods for long periods of time. They are better than freezer bags.

3. Understand Codes

Big box stores price most of their items to end in .99 so if you see foods that end in .88, for example, has been marked down to move faster.

4. Keep a Sharp Eye on Ingredients

Similar foods may have wildly different ingredients. As tempting as it is to choose the bargain brand, a quick look at the ingredient list will often reveal more fillers, preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients. The difference is often less than a dollar for the healthier choice.

For more information on healthy eating and creating a plan for weight loss, contact Metabolic Research Center. The center has helped thousands of people reach their weight loss goal and finally keep the weight off. Contact MRC today and schedule a consultation.


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