Healthy eating on a budget starts with a little extra planning before grocery shopping. There are many ways to save money on the healthy foods that you eat. Here are some budget-friendly tips for you to consider:
TIP 1 – Plan what you’re going to eat Plan your meals and snacks before heading to the grocery store. Review recipes for what ingredients are needed. Remember, to check to see what foods you already have in stock and make a list of what you need to buy. When you shop with a list, you will be less likely to buy extra items that are not on your list.
TIP 2 – Decide how much to make Making a large batch by doubling a recipe will save so much time in the kitchen later on. Extra portions can be used for lunches or meals later in the week or freeze leftovers in individual containers for future use. Also, foods purchased in bulk are sometimes cheaper.
TIP 3 – Determine where to shop Check the local newspaper, online and at the store for sales and coupons. While at the store, compare prices of different brands and different sizes of the same item to see which has a lower price and/or is the better buy.
TIP 4 – Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season Fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season are usually easier to get and may be less expensive. Your local farmer’s market is also a great source of seasonal produce. Just remember to buy small amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables at a time to avoid having to throw it away because it doesn’t last very long.
TIP 5 – Choose canned or frozen produce Canned or frozen produce may be less expensive than fresh but remember to choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice and vegetables canned with low sodium or no salt added.
TIP 6 – Watch portion sizes Use smaller plates, bowls, and glasses to help keep portions under control.
TIP 7 – Make your own healthy snacks Convenience costs money so remember to purchase larger items and divide them into smaller portions, packed in airtight containers.
TIP 8 – Cook more, eat out less Many foods prepared at home are cheaper and more nutritious.
Remember, healthy eating on a budget can be accomplished by following these tips upfront. More importantly, planning your meals and your shopping trips will make it easier to go back to basics. Simply put, find a few healthy recipes that your family enjoys, then you prepare a balanced meal while controlling portions and costs.