Eggs are loaded with vitamins and protein, and cost around a dollar a dozen.

But won't eggs jack your cholesterol to the moon and lead to your untimely death? No. While eggs take a bad rap for hurting your cholesterol levels, they are not tied to blood cholesterol.

And eggs aren't just for breakfast. Nowhere does it say that you can't scramble up a bunch for dinner.

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No. 2: Buy frozen fruits, vegetables

No one will dispute that fruits and vegetables are good for you.

Fruits and vegetables provide you with tons of vitamin, minerals and fiber. And while fresh fruits and vegetables are certainly visually appealing -- and absolutely worth your time and money to buy -- sometimes you're better off buying frozen.

Nutritionally speaking, there is no discernible difference between fresh and frozen. But it isn't just the price of a bag of frozen blueberries versus a pint of fresh where you see the savings.

In addition to upfront cost, frozen takes less time to prepare (they're already cut and washed), you won't waste money if they aren't eaten before they go bad and you can buy them in bulk in keep them in your freezer.

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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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