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You don't need to shop at pricey, upscale supermarkets or health food stores to eat right. Your regular grocery store has nutritious foods you love that won't break your budget. You may want to tweak what you buy, though. "Many of the healthiest foods, such as beans, are inexpensive compared to animal sources, such as meat," says Marisa Moore, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here's how to follow a diet that's as good for you as it is for your wallet. Photo by Thinkstock.
1. Shop with a plan.
"The average family of four throws out $500 to $600 of spoiled food per year," says Moore. "Inventory your pantry, freezer and fridge to build meals from what you already have." Check out apps such as FoodontheTable.com to figure out what you can make with what's on hand. Then, download your grocery store's weekly ad, and list what you need to round out your weekly menu. A list also helps you get in and out of the store