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Planning your meals ahead of time and choosing healthful foods will help improve your diet. It also can save you money.
Here are some tips for eating well on a budget: - Make a list before you go food shopping.- Shop the perimeter (outside aisles) of the store, that’s where you will find the healthiest, unprocessed items.- Try store brands, or generic rather than name brands. They often are a good buy. Also look for items that are on sale, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.- A large bag of fruit like apples or oranges costs far less than fruit priced individually per pound.- Use coupons.- Skip organic. It is overly priced and is not necessarily better nutritionally.- Buy foods that are rich in nutrients. Fresh produce, low-fat milk, eggs, dried beans, enriched pasta, oatmeal, whole-grain foods, lean meats, and fish are good choices.- Choose prepared foods with care such as sandwich meat and frozen dinners. They are often high in salt and sugar.- Contact the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging or your local Meals on Wheels program if you cannot get out to your local senior center for a meal and are unable to prepare meals.-Try restaurants that offer a discount to seniors. Going out for lunch or to the "early bird special" often costs less than eating out at dinner time.- Save half of your meal to take home. Many restaurants have portion sizes that are very large. Taking home food helps avoid overeating and saves money.
With a little planning, you could be a healthier eater on a budget.
Westmoreland CountyArea Agency on AgingInformation Line200 South Main StreetGreensburg, PA 15601Contact: Beverly Trovato724-830-44441-800-442-8000