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The Whole Deal at Whole Foods - If you're like us, there are certain (sometimes pricey) specialty products you don't want to give up, no matter how much your food budget shrinks. Luckily, Whole Foods (which carries Gnu Bars, Amy's items, freeze-dried fruit packs, and more) has some bargains. The Whole Deal brochure and online section of the WF website give you coupons, budget-friendly recipe ideas, guidelines for seasonal shopping (and saving!), and more. Check out Sure Deals for bargain buys, many by the company's 365 Everyday Value brand. There's also the Three Under $3 section, which features (doy!) items for less than 3 bucks. Sweet! P.S. We know WF isn't always the cheapest market in town, but if you love to shop there, this info will help you save.
Amazon Grocery - If you're shy about online shopping, reconsider. Amazon's pretty much the most reputable site out there, and the Grocery section is chock-full of incredible deals. In addition to everyday savings, there are special offers and huge grocery sales (keep reading for an insane one happening right now!). Plus, many products are eligible for free shipping on orders over $25. Search by category, brand, or product name, and find everything from cereal to seasoning packets. Nice!
HG BARGAIN ALERT! Our pals at Heavenly Diet Store (the internet's grooviest guilt-free grocery store) are offering up a very special deal for Hungry Girl subscribers. Get 50% off of shipping on any order over $30 -- at checkout, just enter shipment discount code: hungrygirl. (Savings will be applied at checkout.) So stock up on Tofu Shirataki noodles, FiberGourmet Light Pasta, La Tortilla Factory tortillas, Western Bagel Alternative items, Vivi's sauce, Torani sugar-free syrups, Unsweetened Almond Breeze, and so much more. Check out the Hungry Girl Approved section for all of our picks. (Categories are listed on the left-hand side.) This is a good deal, people. Don't miss out!
The Grocery Cart Makeover - We LOVE this e-book! It'll teach you how to get the most nutritional bang for your buck. Besides a specific section all about budget shopping, the entire thing is packed with ideas on how to make the most of the groceries you buy. It answers Qs that can save you LOTS of cash, too. For example... If a can is dented (and discounted), is the food spoiled? With which foods is it less important to go organic? Is frozen produce as nutritious as fresh? Also, you'll find out how to keep foods fresher for longer and how to pick the freshest meat and seafood. All in all, this guide is pretty handy and helpful when it comes to cutting costs at the supermarket.
HG's Money-Saving Tips & Tricks!
1. Become a bargain warrior. Clip coupons for the grocery store, local eateries, everything. Keep your eyes and ears open for special offers. (Restaurants are hurting now, so many are pulling out all the stops.) AND if you see a great price on something you use a lot that won't go bad, stock up!
2. Hit up your local super-centers to save some serious dough. SuperTarget and Wal-Mart Supercenter locations have grocery departments with some great deals (especially in the clearance section!). And for less than 5 bucks a month, sign up for a yearly Costco membership -- then you can save tons by buying mega-packs of non-perishable foods. Sam's Club and BJ's Wholesale Club also offer super-savings with membership.
3. It's all about DIY portion control. 100-calorie packs, as much as we love them, are not always recession-friendly. Grab a giant bag of that snack you like so much and a package of cheap re-sealable baggies or plastic containers. Break out the measuring cup, and portion out your goodies before you have a chance to overdo it.
4. Frozen food is your chilly friend! Freezer-aisle fruits and veggies keep a LOT longer and are usually cheaper than fresh. Love seafood? Fish is great for you but a little pricey when it's fresh. So skip the fish counter and hit up the freezer aisle.
5. Go generic! Show the world you don't care about fancy labels. Most grocery stores stock generic versions of popular food items at a fraction of the name-brand price, even very specific stuff like steamable bags of frozen veggies and sprayable salad dressings. And the knock-off is usually placed right by the original. Fantastic!
6. Brown bag your lunch.(Or carry a cute lunch tote!) Fix a big salad in the morning, stash your favorite light dressing at work, and voilà, instant low-budget lunch. Got a microwave? Low-cal soup and low-fat popcorn are easy guilt-free snacks. Just think of all the cash and calories you'll save by packing your own lunch instead of ordering in or going out.
HG BARGAIN ALERT!
Amazon.com is running a 40%-off promotion on select grocery items -- valid only until the end of today, 3/6/09!!! (Don't worry... there'll probably be an all-new sale starting soon!) We spied some HG favorites, but they're going fast! Check it out now, and use promo code: FBCLEVNT. And DO NOT miss Monday's News -- we'll be dishing on some more Amazon deals!
CHEW ON THIS: Friday, March 6th, is National Frozen Food Day. Don't miss our frozen food bonanza next Thursday, 3/12/09. We'll be chewin' and reviewin' a slew of frozen finds. In the meantime, enjoy one of our favorite freezer-aisle treats -- Amy's Mexican Tamale Pie!
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