17 Tips to Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating Healthy on a Budget

 

A couple of my blog followers asked me to do a post on how to eat healthy on a budget. Great question! The following tips will help you in saving money at the grocery store so you can eat healthy even on a budget. When people tell me they can’t afford to eat healthy, or eating healthy is more expensive, I first ask them to tally up their bills to see where they are spending money that can be redirected . While grass-fed beef or wild-caught salmon might seem pricey, overall folks discover they save money eating healthier and bypassing overpriced processed and convenience foods. I had one woman who saved over five dollars every weekday morning on a coffee-shop latte and low-fat muffin. Another woman saved money by not ordering lunch every day during the week.

Check out these tips to eating healthy on a budget.

  1. Skip convenience foods. Knowing you’re short on time, supermarkets cash in on pre-sliced veggies, trimmed-and-cleaned chicken breasts, and pre-cooked just bout everything. What making foods from scratch demands in time, often saves you in money.
  1. Buy fresh produce when it’s in season and freeze it. Stick with buying what’s currently in season, and consider stocking up when you find a good deal.
  1. Look for sales and plan meals accordingly. Instead of shopping for groceries based on your weekly meal plan, consider planning your meals around what’s on sale.
  1. Try less expensive cuts of meat. Look for less expensive cuts of meat, like chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts, and try different cooking methods, like the slow cooker, to make tougher cuts of meat tender and juicy.
  1. Embrace brown rice and beans. Beans and brown rice are an inexpensive and tasty way to bulk up meals, and can even be a meal in themselves.
  1. Some great low cost choices include beans and peas, such as kidney beans, split peas, and lentils. Use these good sources of protein for main or side dishes. Beans and peas cost far less than a similar amount of other protein foods.
  1. Plan and prep meals ahead. Whether it’s veggies for the week, tomorrow’s lunches or dinners, prepping food in advance is a step in the right direction towards eating healthy. Plus, it’s also a good way to make sure you’re eating what’s in the fridge, to minimize waste.
  1. Cook once eat twice. Keep an organized fridge and pantry. Leftovers are always great, but it totally defeats the purpose if they get lost in the back of the fridge. Label leftovers and keep your fridge organized to help minimize food waste.
  1. Re-purpose leftovers. If you don’t like eating the same meal over and over, consider re-purposing leftovers into an entirely new and delicious meal.
  1. Go to the farmers market at the end of the day. Consider visiting the market at the end of the day, when you could very likely score some great deals.
  1. Shopping, understanding price tag – per ounce/per lb.
  1. Drink water instead of buying sodas or other sugary drinks. Tap water is easy on your wallet and has zero calories. A reusable water bottle is a great way to have water with you on the go.
  1. Save time, money and calories by skipping the chip and cookie aisles.
  1. Don’t forget about eggs! They’re a great low-cost option that’s easy to prepare.
  1. To lower meat costs, buy the family sized or value pack and freeze what you don’t use. Choose lean meats like chicken or turkey. When choosing ground beef, make sure it’s lean (92% lean 8% fat) ground beef.
  1. Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive. Try buying canned tuna, salmon, or sardines – they store well and are a low cost option.
  1. If you have the freezer space, buy frozen vegetables without added sauces or butter. They may cost less.

Walla  – Eating Healthy on a Budget can be done!

Which tip was an aha for your? Do you have any tips that are not on this list?

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