1. Junk the junk. Real deal frugalistas know this: if you don’t need it, don’t buy it. It’s not only in wealthy households that you see this golden rule broken all the time; even ordinary parents make the mistake of buying stuff they don’t really need. A look into the typical pantry will reveal things like chips, instant pancit canton, and tons of canned goods -- it's a treasure trove of junk food!
Never mind that the canned meatloaf or the hot dog packaging says it’s fortified with vitamins so-and-so; these things are processed food, so they are also rich in preservatives, food dyes, and other things that can be harmful to your child's health.
Aside from avoiding canned ulam, you should also cut down on your purchase of chips, candies, chocolate bars, soft drinks, and the like to lessen your kid’s intake of sodium, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. Here, the term "cut down" was used because eliminating junk food altogether from your family’s diet may not be possible. In any case, the goal is to make healthier food comprise the bulk of what you eat. Junk foods should just be occasional treats.
2. Go “budgetarian” organic. Many people think that eating organic can be quite expensive. That’s only true if you limit your choices to merchandise from stores like Rustan’s and Healthy Options. However, you only need to do a little bit of research to discover gems like the AANI markets in Quezon City Memorial Circle and FTI Taguig, which sell everything from organic vegetables and fruits, organic eggs, fresh milk and honey, and organically-grown, free-range poultry and meat. Markets like AANI sell goods at cooperative prices, so they cost less than those sold in supermarkets.
3. Buy in season. Buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season. When fruits are at their most abundant, they are also at their most affordable because sellers are competing for buyers.
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