Here are 20 practical substitutions you can make on your very next trip to the grocery store.
1. Instead of almonds, buy dry roasted sunflower seeds.
2. Instead of antiperspirant, get deodorant . . . if you don’t sweat like a glass of lemonade on the front porch in July. (I do, Dear Husband doesn’t. Go figure.)
3. Instead of an avocado to toss in a salad, buy a can of black olives. DH and I buy low sodium olives. Even if avocados are on sale and they end up being the same price, the olives will last longer due to the strong taste. (You can eat a whole avocado in one sitting, but you can’t eat a whole can of olives without your face starting to pucker.) Plus, olives have longer staying power in the fridge.
4. Instead of cashew butter, buy peanut butter.
5. Instead of a sweet onion, buy a white or yellow onion.
6. Instead of cheese snacks like string cheese or those mini cheese wheels to throw in your lunchbox, pick up a package of sliced pepperoni. Again, DH and I look for the low sodium version.
7. Instead of foot spray for an athlete’s foot breakout, buy plain yogurt and smear a dab on your feet. What do you do with the rest of the yogurt? Eat it, of course. If you have a sweet tooth, stir in some fruit jelly, honey, or a bit of sugar and vanilla.
8. Instead of a bag of whole bean coffee, get a can of ground coffee. Yes, I know, pre-ground doesn’t taste as good, but tell yourself it’s a temporary situation until your finances are in a happier place. Save the coffee can if you need a small storage container. If it’s ugly, get creative and decorate it!
9. Instead of buying liners for a tall kitchen trash can, use free grocery store bags and a small trash can. The bonus is you’ll have to take out the trash more often, so scary things with scary odors won’t have a chance to grow. Meanwhile, think of ways you can reduce your overall plastic consumption.
10. Instead of a box of granola bars to pack into a week’s worth of lunches, make oatmeal cookies. Use one-third of them for the current week, and freeze two-thirds of them to act as your “granola bars” over the next two weeks.
11. If you have olive oil and lemon juice on hand, instead of buying packaged hummus, get a can of garbanzo beans and make you own.
12. Instead of chilled vegetable-fruit blend juice, get canned vegetable-fruit blend juice.
13. Instead of canned vegetable-fruit blend juice, get straight up canned tomato juice.
14. Instead of ground beef, buy ground sausage.
15. Instead of ground sausage, buy ground turkey, and then double check the ground chicken price because it might be the least expensive choice.
16. Instead of a name brand you recognize, buy the generic brand. (This should be a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s difficult because we consumers have SUCH brand loyalty!)
17. Instead of instant rice, pick up a bag of regular rice.
18. Instead of frozen broccoli florets, buy frozen chopped broccoli.
19. Instead of bagel chips, get wheat crackers.
20. Instead of wheat crackers, get saltines . . . not so healthy, but neither were those bagel chips!
Make this day even better. Consider:
• I reached out to Francine Jay, bestselling author of The Joy of Less and 100 Essentials. She agreed to feature me (yes, ME!) on her wonderful blog this coming Monday, May 1st. Check it out at http://missminimalist.com.