Going to the grocery store is one of the most tedious chores on the planet. It can be even more of a headache if you have little ones in tow. Between the bulk bins, produce section, and aisles full of kid-approved treats, grocery stores can sometimes feel like a minefield. Additionally, grocery shopping adds up before you know it, or, at least, it seems to. Most families are on a budget, so being mindful of how much food costs is essential, of course, but there are some grocery store hacks every mom needs to know to help the process go as smoothly as possible.
Apparently, Americans are gas-lighting themselves into believing that it's out of reach to eat healthfully on a budget. People often think fresh produce, which is an essential component of eating healthfully, is one of the most expensive things in the grocery store. But according to the USDA, it's not as expensive as you think. According to the USDA's Economic Research Service and The Huffington Post, 14 percent of the fruits and 17 percent of vegetables cost less than $0.40 per cup-equivalent. So Americans no longer have that handy "it's too expensive" excuse for why they're not eating enough fruits and vegetables.
From choosing the right foods to buying at the right times, these tips will help you conquer the grocery store, save some money, and eat better all at the same time.