Five simple tips to eat healthy on a budget
You may have heard about the benefits of eating healthy, but every time you go to buy food, you notice that what’s healthy is often more expensive than the processed food that’s not good for you. This can be frustrating, especially when you’re trying to stick to your budget and not spend a fortune on eating. What do you do? To help you get started, we’ve created 5 simple tips to eat healthy on a budget!
- Buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season locally. When stores have to import fruits and vegetables during the non-growing season, it costs more for transportation among other things so they will be more expensive.
- Buy in bulk. Whether you’re shopping at a store or a local supermarket, buying fruits and vegetables in bulk can save money over the long run. Not going to use them all up before they go bad? You can simply freeze most produce which will extend their freshness, or you can learn how to preserve produce.
- Start your own garden. You don’t need to dig up all of your grass in order to save money by growing your own produce. You can easily grow herbs and several varieties of vegetables in a small space - even inside of your home on window ledges!
- If you’re looking to save on meat like poultry, again buying in bulk and direct from the source may be the way to go. Check out local farmers that sell directly to consumers. By doing so, you’re cutting out the cost of the mark-up the stores place on the meat.
- Visit the websites of organic food manufacturers. Many of them will list coupons for their products which can help you save. You can also check their social media pages as well for additional savings.
There are numerous smartphone apps that will pay you money if you scan your store receipts or shop at certain places. While this doesn’t help you save money on eating healthy directly, it can help offset some of your food expenses. You can also check out apps like Trolley Saver to help you find the best prices.
Looking for more ways to save on your grocery bill? Check out our blog - How to cut the cost of your weekly shopping bill.