How to Diet on a Dime

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How to Diet on a Dime
Eating healthy should only be tough on your waistline, not your wallet.
By Tara Weng for GalTime
Money Saving Tips for Dieters

Many of us are constantly toying with the dieting game. By that I mean we think about losing a few pounds here and there and whether or not changing the way will eat  will offer us a reprieve from that tight-waisted feeling in our pants.

Sometimes however looking to buy healthier foods seems like a real drain on your wallet. If you're following a specific diet plan it can be even more expensive.

Are there ways to eat healthier (or follow a "plan") without breaking the bank?

Related: 6 Fat-Burning Foods in Your Home Right Now 

According to Jeanette Pavini, Coupons.Com's  Household Savings Expert, there is and she offers some helpful tips. 

Storing Foods:

Olive oil. Many diets require that you substitute butter with olive oil so be sure to store it properly to make it last longer (70 degrees or less).

Spices. The Mediterranean diet calls for lots of spices to replace salt. Spices should always be bought in bulk as the small bottles on the supermarket shelves are highly overpriced due to packaging. In fact, buying and grinding your own is truly the most cost effective route.

Produce. Saving money AND making fresh fruits and veggies last is the key as all these diets expect you to ingest 7-10 servings a day. To get the most mileage out of your produce:

Related: Drink Yourself Skinny  

Store fruits like apples on their own. Apples emit ethylene, which causes quick ripening, so it’s true that one bad apple will spoil the bunch.

Wash lettuce and herbs under cold water then drain dry in a spinner or colander. Store in a plastic bag with a few sheets of paper towel inside the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to a week.

Don't store onions, potatoes or garlic in the fridge. Keep them in a cool, dark and dry spot. Onions will last even longer if you store them in the legs of nylon stockings. Just pick up an inexpensive pair at the drugstore.

Always buy pre-bagged. A five-pound bag of anything (oranges, apples, potatoes) has to have at least five-pounds, so there is a good chance you will get an extra quarter or half pound free.

This article was originally published at . Reprinted with permission.
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