Clean Eating on a Budget
Aug 22, 2018
Under the impression that eating well means forking over more money? Trust me when I say it's expensive in the long run not to prioritize your health! Medical bills, hospital visits, etc. It is very possible to eat well while on a budget, here are a few tips on how to do just that:
- Plan your grocery haul before you get to the store! This ensures you can avoid that random bag of cookies that always makes it home. PRO TIP: Be sure to also avoid shopping on an empty stomach when temptation is most likely to strike.
- Choose foods you can utilize in a variety of ways! Eggs, nuts, beans, veggies, etc. Items that give you a big bang for your buck, quality nutrition and are versatile!
- Bring before buy! Whether it is lunches at work/school or even snacks for the car ride! Prepping your meals at the beginning of the week will not only save money but time as well.
- Cook more at home. It is no surprise limiting the frequency you are dining out will help ease a tight budget, but it’s a great way to get more comfortable in the kitchen and cook nutritious, healthy, and delicious options for your family.
- Purchase produce that’s in-season! Be aware of the fresh fruit and veggies that are most available at that time of year to take advantage of their lowered price points!
- Buy in bulk! This is where memberships to places such as Costco, BJs, Thrive Market or other locations offering wholesale pricing can be very attractive. You have the opportunity to stock up on those staple items and typically receive more product at a reduced price!
- Check for coupons! Whether in the newspaper, the latest grocery store handout or online, those few dollars here and there can seriously add up!
- Prepare at home! This is especially apparent with items such as pre-cut fruit or vegetables; stores often mark up prices for convenience. While it may take a few extra minutes to wash and prep these items, it’s beneficial over time!
- Opt for frozen! Berries, veggies, etc. While fresh is best, any serving of vegetables is better than no servings. Check the ingredients to avoid any added sugars or preservatives and load up your cart with delicious frozen alternatives! This can also reduce the risk of those fresh foods expiring before you’re able to utilize them.
- Shop around! Check out the farmers market, local farms, even sales at other stores to see where you can get the best deals on your everyday items!
Have a budget-friendly hack you don't see on the list? I would love to hear!