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8 Ways to Eat Green by Slashing Your Grocery Bill

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3. Eat Less Meat

This might be kind of a no-brainer, but meat costs more than vegetables or beans—and has a higher environmental impact—so creating meatless meals during the week can help your bottom line and your carbon footprint. An added bonus: you won’t have to remember to take that chicken, beef, or pork out of the fridge before work, and then get stuck with take-out on the days you forget.

Potential savings: $2-$4 per pound for buying one pound of veggies vs. one pound of meat

4. Support Your Neighborhood

Choosing local, seasonal foods at your grocery store can help you save, since you aren’t paying the transportation costs to get those bananas to Michigan in January. But take it one step further in the summer and join a CSA: for a one-time cost, you’ll get fresh fruit and veggies from your local farmers in your kitchen every week. The quality will be better than what you’d get at the supermarket, the variety will inspire you to try new dishes—and the CSA products are already organic, so you’re really just spending the money you’ve already allocated.

Potential savings: One study showed that CSA members saved as much as $50 over the cost of similar items at the grocery store—and though it will vary based on how willing you are to try new veggies, the benefits of supporting your local economy can’t be beat.

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Samantha, selected from Planet Green

Planet Green is the multi-platform media destination devoted to the environment and dedicated to helping people understand how humans impact the planet and how to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Its two robust websites, PlanetGreen.com and TreeHugger.com, offer original, inspiring, and entertaining content related to how we can evolve to live a better, brighter future. Planet Green is a division of Discovery Communications.

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3:52AM PDT on May 31, 2011

Good article

3:58PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Thanks for the great tips! :)

2:38PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Thank You for the great article, full of tips Samantha.

4:14PM PST on Feb 11, 2011

wow some really nice stuff there :) thank you so much for posting :)

9:22AM PST on Feb 9, 2011

thanks

12:02PM PST on Jan 9, 2011

Having recently moved to a new country I joined care2.com for the wonderful ecards and some ideas on 'how to'. I now find myself having a look at the web page and then sit for hours making notes, saving recipes, learning how to save money and make things go much further and do more things than I ever imagined. I flit from link to link getting quite carried away with so many new ideas it's amazing. I have recently finished a course of chemo (for breast cancer) and have found that your information pages are very helpful and uplifting. Your organic recipes are so good as my new country, Bulgaria, is a major advocate of all things organic. I would like to thank you so much for making my life easier, healthier and much less boring than it was before. :-)

6:58AM PST on Dec 28, 2010

Thank you. Currently I still live with my parents and younger siblings as a grad student, and I don't have to buy my own groceries. I'll copy, paste and save this article for future reference, as my dad is already very good at grocery shopping for much less than our neighbors, though he only buys organic when it's on sale for a really good deal.

5:35AM PST on Dec 28, 2010

I recently had to cut down on my sodium intake and started checking nutrition info on food at restaurants I liked - and was shocked. Since then, I've been cooking at home more, and have found that I do spend a lot less on my overall food budget - plus the food tasted better, since I make it to my own liking.

6:14AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

Cooking from scratch is the best way to go, you know exactly what you are eating too.

1:04AM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

Thanks!

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