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5 Bad Supermarket Habits To Break

Posted: 02/27/2012 9:46 am

5 Bad Supermarket Habits to Break to Lose Weight & Save Money
By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

Since I need to eat at least three times a day, the grocery store is one of those unavoidable parts of life. And like other activities that I tend to do over and over again, when I’m there, I default to autopilot -- idly shoving familiar things into my cart while I think about something else. Well, it’s time I wake up. It’s a new year and the desire to slim down and maybe save some money while doing it just might be enough to snap me back into coherence while I’m shopping for food. Below are five common pitfalls that can hinder weight loss or cause you to spend more at the grocery store, and I offer ways to avoid them.

What are your grocery shopping tips to save money and eat well?

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It's easy to fall into the trap of going to the store every day shopping for only what you need in the next 24 hours. I'm guilty of this because the store is less than a mile from my house. But it's a huge waste of time and it opens up the unwanted opportunity to "cheat" by letting a bag of chips or a pint of ice cream sneak into my cart. So I'm going to do a better job of planning ahead. I'm going to plan my meals for an entire week so I only have to go to the store once. And on some nights, I'm going to make extra or choose recipes that serve more than four so I can take advantage of having leftovers. Leftovers make great lunches and quick and easy dinners too. That way I'm not paying for food I don't need and I'm avoiding the temptation to possibly eat something unhealthy but convenient, like takeout.

Related: 7-Day Diet Meal Plan to Help You Lose Weight

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By Hilary Meyer, EatingWell Associate Food Editor

EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.


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