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Eating Healthy on a Budget

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Eating right on a budget starts with a little planning. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Ann Dunaway Teh says that before you head to the grocery store, make a plan. "Plan out your meals in advance, make a grocery shopping list and stick to that list when you're shopping."

And though it may be a little more trouble, double a recipe from time-to-time so you can freeze part of it for another day. Buying in bulk is often cheaper as well. Registered dietitians recommend filling half your plate with fruits and veggies, and buying ones that are in season is often cheaper. Fill the other half of your plate with whole grains and lean meats. And if you want to save a little on that meat? "One way to make your meat dollars go further is by adding beans to the mixture and then you can stretch the meat and actually use less in the same dish."

Controlling portion size is another way to help your budget. Experts say if something is in front of us we tend to eat it even when we're full. So try using smaller plates. And finally, save going out to eat for special occasions. Dining out is almost always more expensive than cooking your own.

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