How to Grocery Shop Without Busting Your Budget

No matter how prepared you are when you enter the grocery store, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and blow your budget with a few common mistakes. From overdoing it in the snack section to forgetting your meal plan, just about everyone gets overwhelmed at the supermarket. Here are a few smart ways to stay on budget.

  1. Don’t think about the cart size. If you glance into your cart and think that it looks a bit empty, don’t worry about it. Oversized carts make your grocery purchases look like nothing, so try not to think in terms of load size.
  2. Make a steadfast list. It may seem obvious, but making a list (and sticking to it) is one of the best ways to save money at the grocery store. It also helps to plan your meals to avoid purchasing food that you don’t have time to eat.
  3. Scrimp on the snacks. Sure, everyone likes to have a few snacks on hand, but don’t go crazy with these non-essentials.
  4. Avoid the sales. Two-for-one sales that require you to buy more than what you normally would don’t actually save you any money unless it’s on a product that you use every day. Avoid these types of sales to prevent yourself from buying things you don’t need.
  5. Purchase less packaging. By buying individual, fresh items instead of pre-packaged items, you’ll often save money that comes with name brand products.

8 Sneaky Supermarket Tricks You Need to Know [Money Magpie]
Grocery Store Traps to Avoid [Babble]
7 Sneaky Supermarket Spending Tricks You Should Avoid [All Women’s Talk]

Healthy Ways to Indulge a Chocolate Craving

Many people have a sweet tooth that creates a craving for chocolate, but while the occasional indulgence is okay, eating too much chocolate could be the end to your healthy diet. Here are a few healthy ways to eat chocolate that will keep you right on track when a craving strikes.

Chocolate Tart with Hazelnut Shortbread Crust [Eating Well]
Make this seemingly decadent dessert the next time you have friends over for dinner, and no one will even know that it’s actually healthy. With just over 250 calories per serving and six grams of protein, you’ll get the taste of chocolate without feeling weighed down.

Black Bean Brownies [Chocolate Covered Katie]
While the addition of black beans to brownies may seem strange at first, you won’t even be able to taste the protein-packed beans when they’re masked by the rich, dense chocolate flavor. These brownies are also flourless, which is great for low-carb diets.

Healthy Homemade Chocolate [Wellness Mama]
Instead of grabbing a fat- and sugar-packed candy bar from the checkout counter at the grocery store, make your own healthier version at home. This recipe includes only four ingredients, and because they’re all natural, you won’t have to worry about ingesting any chemicals and unnatural ingredients.

Where to Find Online Pancake Recipes for All Occasions

Pancakes are a breakfast favorite for weekend mornings and other special occasions. The classic buttermilk pancake with butter and maple syrup is always a delicious treat, but there are a wide variety of other ways to make pancakes as well. Find some inspiration for your next pancake breakfast from these recipe websites.

All Recipes
The popular online recipe resource All Recipes offers a variety of unique, creative pancake recipes. Sunday Morning Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes are a delicious dish for a formal brunch with the family, while Chunky Monkey Pancakes with chocolate and bananas make a special treat for kids’ birthday breakfasts. If you want to improve your regular pancake recipe, All Recipes has a few tips and tricks for that as well.

Food Network
Learn to make fluffy, buttery pancakes from your favorite cooking show hosts! The Food Network’s website teaches you to make classics like potato pancakes, homemade “instant” pancake mix, and blueberry buttermilk pancakes, as well as more unique styles like the Tri-Berry Oven Pancakes or Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes. No matter your tastes, you can even search the Food Network website by ingredient to find the perfect pancakes for your family.

Check Out These Interesting Facts About Chocolate

You know that you love the way that chocolate tastes, but aside from that there’s probably not much else that you know about this sweet treat. Here are two interesting chocolate facts that every chocolate lover should know.

  1. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate differ because of their amount of cacoa, or the beans that chocolate is made from. Dark chocolate also doesn’t have as much milk or sugar, which makes it much healthier but also gives its signature bitter bite.
  2. Some chocolate is actually good for you. Very dark chocolates contain a large number of antioxidants that reduce blood pressure and improve your entire cardiovascular system. They also widen your arteries, promote healthy blood flow, and prevent the buildup of plaque that can block the arteries.

11 Facts about Chocolate [Do Something]
10 Interesting Chocolate Facts You May Not Know [Lindt]
10 Fascinating Facts About the World of Chocolate [Listverse]

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