When you go into the grocery store, it can be tough not to be pulled into all the clever marketing. You can buy pretty much anything, out of convenience. But there are some things you should stop wasting your money on.

These are simple things you can make at home, with very little effort, saving you tons of money, calories and even your health. Find out how to eat healthy on a budget HERE

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5 foods to stop wasting money on

1. Drink mixes

These are loaded with extra sugar, not to mention other chemicals you can’t pronounce. For pennies on the dollar, you can make your own lemonade or fruit infused waters. Koolaid, country time, gatorade and crystal light are all flavored sugar waters.

2. Salad dressings

Store bought dressings are usually made with high fructose corn syrup, extra sugar, sodium and preservatives. You can make your own dressings with vinegar, oil and spices like Italian seasoning, garlic or onion. You can make a divine avocado lime dressing in less time it takes to drive to the closest store.

3. Flavored instant oatmeal

I never understood instant oatmeal, because the old fashioned oats only take 5 minutes on a stovetop. Most instant oatmeals are filled with extra sugars. You are better to add your own fruit and natural sweeteners to save cash and calories, and it will taste better, too. Or try soaking oats overnight in the fridge, for instant breakfast.

4. Yogurt with fruit

Some store bought yogurt has more sugar than a candy bar. And here, you were trying to be healthy. Skip the single portions, go with plain Greek yogurt and add in your own fruit, nuts and some honey for sweetener.
Greek yogurt is higher in protein and will keep you from getting hungry, an hour later.

5. TV dinners

Another food you thought was healthy. TV dinners – even the healthy ones – are high in sodium and eaten too much can cause cholesterol levels to rise. A pound of chicken and some fresh veggies can be turned to a meal to feed 2-4 people for under $10. Say no to anything with high amounts of sodium.

 

For more tips, download the Clean Eating Budget Guide

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