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Savvy Shopping Tips For Family Carers
Feb 13, 2015

Before you think about the types of healthy meals you need to prepare for your ageing loved one, it’s important to first overcome the obstacles of shopping. Here are some tips to help make your next trip to the grocery store a successful one:

  1. Shop with others. Shopping can sometimes be seen as a chore – make it more sociable by shopping with a friend or family member.
  2. Look out for special price offers. Many local butchers, grocers and supermarkets run offers on nourishing produce that is in season.
  3. Loyalty cards. Ensure you have a loyalty card for the store(s) you shop in so you can avail of their special offers and promotions.
  4. Don’t be afraid of freezing. When cooking for one it is easy to over-estimate portions. Instead of throwing away the excess food why not freeze it to use as a dinner option on another day.
  5. Always make a shopping list. Have a standard shopping list with core items such as fresh, frozen and tinned foods that can be stored. This can save time and money.
  6. Don’t shop hungry. Shoppers are always tempted to buy more when hungry. So have a snack before hitting the aisles.
  7. Think variety. It’s easy to get in a rut. Don’t be afraid to try new foods and recipes.
  8. Try store brands. The most costly brands are often placed at eye level. Store own brands, which may be cheaper and just as good are often placed higher or lower on the grocery shelves.

For more nutrition tips and advice and other senior care advice call Home Instead Senior Care on 1890 930847 or download our 2015 Family Carer and Senior Citizen Guidebook.

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