If you love to eat healthy, and love serving your family food you know is good for them, you don’t have to break the bank to get it done.
10 Great Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget:
1. Buy frozen fruits and veggies. Depending on the time of the year, frozen fruits and veggies can be almost half the cost of fresh, and it’s just as good for you! They sometimes can contain more nutrients if frozen immediately after picked.
2. Buy in bulk when you can. Stock up when something you like is on sale. If your favorite organic or natural item is on sale, buy a few. Just be sure to check the expiration dates!
3. Buy generic when you can. Store brands are typically every bit as good as the brand names, and you can usually save a ton!
4. Look for cheaper alternatives to get the nutrients you need. Protein isn’t all about red meat and fish. Eggs, peanut butter and tons of other cheaper alternatives are great sources of protein.
5. Buy meat when discounted. If you are shopping for meat, keep your eye out for when your local stores mark down their fresh meat each day. As long as you take it home and cook it in the next day or two, or put it right into your freezer, this is a great way to save money.
6. Drink filtered water instead of bottled. Keeping up with your daily water intake can be tough, but it can also be expensive if you are always drinking bottled water. Invest in a Brita water filter and save money getting your daily intake of water.
7. Prepare your own food and snacks. Instead of buying pre-made meals or snacks, there are tons of great recipes on the internet to teach you how to make your own.
8. Grow your own food. When possible, it’s always great to grow your own fruits and vegetables. If you don’t have the space for an entire garden, try container gardening and start with some tomato plants or something else you use a lot of.
9. Use coupons to help save. Most stores these days take coupons. Even natural food stores like Whole Foods will take coupons and have many of their own online or in their weekly/monthly flyers you can use. You can check out my book – Save Money, Savor the Day: A Saver’s Guide to Enjoying Life on a Budget – for more tips on how to find coupons for organic products.
10. Buy from your local farmers. Find a farmers market in your area and start visiting them weekly. They aren’t always cheaper but they tend to be fresher and if you buy enough or often enough they are likely to give you a better deal.