No. 1: Make a plan

Before you step one foot in a grocery store, decide what you need to buy. That is, do some meal planning (with an eye toward healthy ingredients) and then design your list around that plan.

When you get to the grocery store, stick to your list. That is, don't be tempted by the candy aisle and skip the chips -- you save money and empty calories.

Try not to bring your kids with, either. They're going to want the sugary treats with cartoon characters on the label. While Dora is great for helping us learn Spanish and all, she isn't the best representative of the yogurt industry.

Also, before you go to the store, eat a meal. Don't go on an empty stomach, or you'll be more likely to buy some really unhealthy treat that costs way more than you want to spend.

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