If you want to be a smart consumer, it’s important to plan before you go grocery shopping.
To help you save money and avoid buying items you don’t really need, the USPS Wellness team suggests making a list before going to the store.
Here are some tips for every aisle:
• Fruits and vegetables: Buy in-season produce — it’s frequently the less expensive option. Frozen fruits and vegetables last much longer than fresh food.
• Grains: Make sure half your grains are whole grains, which are more healthful than the processed kind. Choose hot cereals like plain, unflavored oatmeal.
• Proteins: Buy family-sized or value pack meat and poultry and freeze what you don’t use. Eggs are a good, affordable source of protein.
• Dairy: When it comes to cheese, look for reduced fat or low-fat options. Check the sell-by date to make sure the item isn’t spoiled.
The Wellness LiteBlue page has more tips and suggestions.