The Saving Guru’s Weekly Steal 3.21.14: Whole Foods

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI must admit, I’m a Whole Foods fan (sort of).  I do not do all my shopping there, but I do pick up a few items.  Also, their hot food bar has delicious baked chicken!  Who knew Whole Foods has coupons on their website?!?!  Check them out here!

Do you shop at Whole Foods?  If so, tell us about your favorite items.


Healthy Eating on a Budget

Health food, junk food, raw food, processed food, low-calorie food, seafood, organic food, etc.  There are so many foods to choose from, it’s enough to make your head spin!  My goal is the get the highest quality foods at the lowest prices.  To help me, I recently attended a seminar sponsored by CareFirst entitled Healthy Eating on a Budget.  The handout (Healthy Eating on a Budget) was full of great information.  I shared some of the key takeaways below:

Make a Menu
For the last couple of years, I have made a menu of my weekly meals.  From that menu, I formulate a grocery list.  It has made my grocery store trips much more efficient.

With my busy schedule, cooking dinner every night is not an option.  I have to make meals that stretch.  I define stretch as dinner for two nights and lunch for at least one day.  Some of my favorite dinner choices are Chicken Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole, salmon fillets from Trader Joe’s & asparagus, and baked chicken wings & roasted sweet potatoes.

Buy Produce in Season
If you’re anything like me, you think winter fruits are okay.  I prefer peaches, plums, and watermelon, but…  Since buying produce in season is healthier and budget friendly, seek out a year round farmer’s market.  Click here to check if one is in your area.

Pack It
I am sure you have heard this a million times, but pack your lunch.  You’ll save money and possibly your waistline too!  Yes, I know it is time consuming and energy draining, but your savings account will thank you!

Share your favorite budget friendly recipes below.