You don’t have to spend your entire paycheck on food to eat healthy. Here are some easy ways to eat healthy on a budget.
“I can’t eat healthy on a budget, its to expensive!”
Yes, it is true that unhealthy food is often cheap and easily accessible. But it is possible to eat healthy on a budget, it just takes a little planning and creativity. With the right know how eating right can be affordable, convenient and nutritious.
5 Tips to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Meal planning is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. You might not realize it but you waste a ton of time and money running to the grocery store 5 times a week picking up last-minute ingredients for spontaneous dinner choices. With a meal plan in place you avoid all that extra running around and it eliminates the temptation to order unhealthy, expensive take out is. Get organized and make a meal plan! It is so worth it.
Need some inspiration? Here are some yummy and healthy meal ideas
Shop the Sales
If your local grocery store offers a savings card be sure to sign up and check the weekly circular. Plan your meals around what is on sale. This also forces you to get a little creative and try different things you might not normally buy. Turn it into a fun challenge.
Make a List
Impulse buys are the enemy. Take your meal plan and make a list of everything you need for the week including snacks. I even divide it up into my grocery stores isles to make my shopping trip quicker and mindless. Bring it with you on your shopping day and STICK TO IT!
Buy in Season
In season is always the cheapest. Buy seasonal produce when it’s at its cheapest in bulk and freeze it. For example when corn is 2 ears for a $1 I buy bags of it, cut off the kernels and freeze in storage bags.
Eat Less Meat
Meat is often the most expensive part of your meal. Don’t worry, you can still get plenty of protein! I talk about it in detail in this post HERE. Buy more eggs, cottage cheese and beans as your proteins, you’ll not only save money but reap the benefits of eating more meatless meals which you can read about in my Benefits of eating meatless once a week post.
Here are some easy, cost affective, meat free options:
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