Bariatric surgery requires an adjustment to lifestyle change, including healthy eating. It’s important to know how to budget and navigate the grocery store after weight loss surgery. Below are some tips to save money while food shopping.\nShopping Healthy on a Budget\nHave a plan and budget\n\nThink about what you already have\nThink about your schedule and prepare for your days at work and at home\nPlan for leftovers\nKeep yourself informed on nutrition assistance programs\n\nMake a list\n\nOnly purchase what you need\nUtilize online resources for meal planning templates, like MyPlate\nFocus on protein, fresh produce, and whole grains\n\nChoose your store\n\nKeep an eye on weekly coupon ads in the paper or online\nFresh produce, lean meats, dairy or milk alternatives, and eggs are found around the outside of the store\nThe middle of the store will contain more processed foods: stick with healthy oils, unsalted nuts, frozen vegetables, canned vegetables, canned tuna, canned beans, grains and oats\n\nDon’t shop when hungry\n\nResist temptation at checkout\nAvoid impulse buying\n\nBuy in bulk\n\nBuying in bulk will save you money in the long run \nMeats can be frozen and used before the sell-by date\n\nBuy fruits and vegetables that are in season\n\nLess expensive and best flavor\nOnly buy what you will use, produce spoils faster\nLook for canned vegetables that are low-sodium or no salt added\n\nShop generic\n\nStore brand products cost less, but you might have to look harder for them\n\nConvenience costs more\n\nAnything already prepared will cost more\nShred or grate your own cheese\nBuy a head of lettuce instead of bagged salad mixes\n\n\n\nConclusion\nBuying on a budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice tasty food. It also doesn't mean you can't afford to eat healthy.\nFresh produce can be purchased with limited money, however, it will perish faster. Only buy what you need in a short period of time so you are not wasting food and money.\nBecome an informed shopper. Making lists and preparing ahead of time will ensure that you are only buying products that you need.\n \n\nConsider Reading These Articles:\n\n5 Tips to Healthy Eating After Bariatric Surgery\nHow to Shop Healthy at Dollar General\nGift Ideas for Bariatric Patients\n\n \n**This blog is for information and education purposes only. This information is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions in regards to a medical condition.