How to eat healthy on a budget

How to eat healthy on a budget

Here are 10 tips to eat healthy on a budget:

1. Plan around specials

Read your grocery store’s weekly ad and plan your meals around the specials.

Branch out and check the ads of competing grocery stores too.

2. Use what you have

Check your freezer, refrigerator, and cupboards and use what you already have in meals.

3. Stick to a list

Shop with a grocery list and stick to it. Buy only what’s on your list and say “no” to impulse purchases.

4. Buy in-season

Save money by purchasing fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Ideally, you’ll eat your fruits and vegetables. However, if you tend to let them go bad, buy frozen. That way, you won’t waste money when you throw them out.

5. Buy local

Check out your local farmer’s market to save money on fruits and vegetables. Locally grown produce is typically less expensive and fresher than what you’d find at the grocery store.

6. Go meatless

Meat is typically the most expensive part of a meal. Use beans in your meals a few times a week to save money.

Beans are a good source of protein and fiber and are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

7. Do your own prep

Save money by washing and cutting up your own food.

  • Buy a head of lettuce and cut it up yourself instead of buying a bag of pre-washed and cut lettuce.
  • Buy a bunch of carrots, and peel and cut them yourself instead of buying a bag of baby carrots.

We live in a world of convenience, however the extra five minutes you spend preparing your own food will save you money.

8. Go generic

Compare prices between brand name food items and generic.

Buying groceries at a superstores such as a Target store will also save you money on common food items.

9. Buy whole wheat bread on sale

Whole what bread can be expensive. Buy more than one loaf when it’s on sale and keep a loaf in your freezer to use later.

10. Buy in bulk

Check the bulk bins at your grocery store. This is a great place to find whole grains, nuts, seeds, etc.

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