Eating nutritious food is important to our health and wellbeing. Healthy eating can be particularly challenging when the budget is tight. Check out the tips below for ways to eat healthy without breaking the bank!
Explore other grocery store options in your area, such as Farmer’s Markets, warehouse or club stores. Local Farmer’s Markets allow farmers to sell fresh foods directly to customers and can be cheaper than grocery store prices. You can also buy larger quantities of seasonal produce when it is in season and freeze it for use at a later date. Warehouse or club stores may also have good bargains. Purchasing items that are on sale in bulk is a good option too. Just make sure you only buy what you are going to use!
When shopping, compare the unit prices for the foods you buy. Check out store brand and generic brands, as sometimes they can be cheaper than name brand products. Stock up on items when they go on sale and freeze anything you cannot use right away. Coupons can also be useful way to save money. You can find some coupons online using a search engine.
Buy Foods in Bulk
Some foods are less expensive if you buy them in bulk. When shopping, compare the bulk items you want to purchase with their packaged counterparts to find the best deal.
Look For More Affordable Protein Options
Protein is vital to a healthy diet and lifestyle. However, it can also be pretty expensive. Some ways you can add protein to your diet without breaking the budget include: buying less expensive cuts of meat, choosing canned protein options that last a long time, such as caned tuna, and eating some vegetarian protein sources, such as beans. Other less expensive protein options include eggs, nuts and seeds. As North Americans often consume more animal protein sources than our bodies require, we can also preserve the budget by cutting down on the amount of animal protein we eat and instead, add other filling foods such as vegetables, whole grains and beans. You can also try stretching cheaper cuts of meat by making meals such as soups, stews, casseroles and stir-fries.
Stretch Your Food Budget When You Cook
Save money by making larger meals and freezing the leftovers. This is a great solution for days you do not have time to cook or do not feel like cooking. You can use those leftover dinners for lunch the next day, which can save you both time and money! Leftover food can also be used to make another meal. For instance, you can add leftover vegetables or meats to soups, pasta and stir-fries.
Grow Your Own Healthy Food
Growing your own food is a great way to save money and ensure you have access to healthy food. If you do not have the space for a garden, look for community gardens in your area.
Better Homes and Gardens lists some great healthy dinner ideas for under $3. Check them out here.
Have a great weekend!