Tips to cut costs at the grocery store, but stay healthy

According to the USDA, food prices are expected to continue to rise, which could be a concern for many families this summer.

ROGERS, Ark — Inflation is the worst in decades. Not only are gasoline prices continuing to rise, but according to the USDA, food prices are expected to continue rising, which could be a concern for many families this summer.

We spoke with a registered dietitian who gave 5NEWS some tips for cutting costs at the grocery store without cutting nutrition.

The first tip is to plan your meals and snacks. Before you go grocery shopping, know exactly what you need for the week and stick to that plan. And stay away from extras at checkout.

Second, if you choose to buy fresh, be sure to buy only what you need or freeze anything that might not be used.

Third, compare the cents per unit on the price tags. Even if something seems more expensive initially, it may end up being cheaper in the long run because you might be getting more food.

Ellen Morris, a registered dietitian at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, said frozen foods and canned goods are often less expensive than fresh produce, which not only means they’ll save you money, but they will always give you the nutrients you need.

“There is no nutritional difference between fresh and frozen produce. Frozen fruits and vegetables are frozen at maximum nutritional values, so if the blueberries are in season in the summer, all the blueberries are frozen during the summer. summer when they’re at their nutritional peak,” Morris said.

And if you choose to go berry picking in the summer or even start a vegetable garden, the same rules apply… you can freeze the produce once it’s reached its peak of nutrition.

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