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Eating Healthy on a Budget, it Can be Done!

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive, you can eat healthy while staying on budget.  Some healthy foods can be expensive, but there are many ways to save money when grocery shopping for healthy food items. 

Below are 10 tips to help you eat healthy on a budget:

Make a menu.  Plan out your meals for the week.  Pick one day a week (I do mine on Friday or Saturday) and make a menu for the upcoming week.  This isn’t just for dinner include breakfast, lunch, and snacks also.  It may seem like a lot, but it actually saves time during the week.  Not to mention your grocery bill will be less each week.

 

Next make a grocery list.  Only buying the items you need for your weekly menu will cut down on the number of groceries you buy and the cost.  Once you make your grocery list, look at the grocery store ads that are near you.  Divide your grocery list among the grocery stores, depending on which stores have your items on sale. Also if you have a farmer’s market close by, go there for your produce. Produce can be half the price at farmer’s markets. Think about stores like the $0.99 cents store or Aldi’s depending on where you live.  The key is to stick to your grocery list.

 

Buy in Bulk.  Typically, you can get a cheaper price for items that you can buy in bulk like oatmeal, spices, flour, couscous.  Bulk bins can be found in most grocery stores and health food stores like Sprouts. 

 

Cook Large Batches.  You can cook large batches and portion them into containers.  This works great for lunches or when you need a quick dinner because you worked late.  You can cook chili, soups, casseroles, etc.  This saves money because cooking at home is always cheaper and healthier.

 

Make your own homemade broth.  This is healthier and cheaper.  Click Here for great recipes for homemade broth that are quick and easy.

 

Skip the Processed Foods.  The less processed foods are cheaper than processed food.  Shredded cheese is more expensive than buying a block of cheese and shredding it yourself.  Cooking oats are cheaper than boxed cereals, plus they are healthier add your own brown sugar or cinnamon sugar. Dry beans cost less than buying canned beans.

 

Don’t skip the generic brands.  Generic brands are typically less expensive than name brands.  You do have to read the ingredients to ensure they are of the same quality of the name brands.

 

Make your own snacks.  Don’t buy junk food, it costs more and is unhealthy.  Instead make your own cookies, cakes, bars, etc.  You can make them a lot healthier and cheaper, plus you can make enough for the week.  Here are some great easy snack recipes.

 

Stock up on Sale Items.  If an item that you use is on sale, stock up on it.  This goes for produce also, as an example if blackberries are $0.77 per package stock up.  Blackberries make a great homemade syrup also.  Take a day to wash and freeze your extra produce.

 

Replace Meat.  Good meat can be expensive, try making a couple of meals each week without meat.  Vegetarian chili, stir-fry, broccoli alfredo, eggplant parmesan, are just a few examples.

 

As you see, you can eat healthy on a budget you just need to take a little time to plan.