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      How to eat healthy on any budget

      Many Americans end up throwing away about 30 percent of the food they buy at the grocery store.

      When you're on a tight budget, it's important to minimize that waste as much as possible.

      That's why the Kirksville Hy-Vee Dietitian, Andrea Shelley, shared some helpful tips with a few Truman State University students Wednesday evening.

      The presentation was part of a campus wide initiative known as the Wellness Zone, but included information anyone on a tight budget can use.

      According to Shelley, if you plan ahead you can save a lot of money.

      "I get a lot of people that you know come in seeing me saying you know, I have no idea how to do this, it really seems unrealistic, and I don't feel like there's any options out there for me, so knowing that it's possible and just knowing that we can help find options that they're actually going to like that are a little bit lower on cost,â?? said Shelley.

      One of the most important things you can do is plan a weekly menu by looking at your local grocery storeâ??s ads and seeing whatâ??s on sale. Having a list of items you need and sticking to that list can keep you from impulse buys that quickly add up.

      While you're shopping, it also helps to take the time to compare different brands and prices and, according to Shelley, buying in bulk is one of the best ways to cut your costs.

      Once youâ??ve bought all that food, one of the easiest ways to make sure it doesnâ??t go to waste is preparing those meals in advance. Shelley suggests selecting one night a week to make your meals and then you wonâ??t be tempted to grab fast food or make something easier if the meal is ready to go.

      Click here for even more resources when it comes to healthy eating on a budget.