Eating Healthy on a Budget

Food prices are consistently on the rise, making it difficult for Americans to eat healthy and make the right decisions at the grocery store. When a $1 cheeseburger from a fast food restaurant is cheaper than buying ingredients to make a complete meal, it's easy to make the wrong choice. What a lot of people don't realize is that there are strategic shopping methods that allow anyone to eat healthy on a budget

Here are some tips for living healthy without it costing you too much money.

Buy in bulk

Meat is generally one of the most expensive items you can purchase at the grocery store. While it's hard to get away with buying meats for next to nothing, there is one trick for saving money on them. Many grocery stores sell a large quantity of meat in a single package and charge less per pound. Buying meat in bulk is a great way to save money and always have some on hand in the freezer for whenever you need it.
Eating Healthy on a Budget

Here's another tip : You want to avoid buying bulk meat that has already been seasoned, because this meat usually has additives, salt, fat and even sugar added to it. Instead, when you decide you want to cook the meat, season it yourself with natural ingredients to give it great flavor while staying healthy.

Coupon

Coupons have become the craze in recent years, especially after TV shows have given the public an inside look into how much one can truly save when using coupons. While not everyone is going to go to the extreme that the people on TV go to, following a store's weekly advertisements as well as manufacturer's coupons is a great way to save money on the items you need. There are multiple websites that offer free coupons and many food companies offer coupons on their own websites for their products. Do the research and see what's out there and you'll be amazed by the amount you could save!

Cook extra portions

Leftovers might be something kids dread when they're younger, but the older you get the more convenient and rational leftovers seem to be. Preparing an extra portion or two with your dinner can help save you some serious cash on lunch for the next couple of days and gives you healthy options so you don't have the opportunity to be tempted by something else.

Buy generic

Every time you go grocery shopping, do you notice that next to the national brand product there's a store brand product that essentially has the exact same list of ingredients but is a fraction of the cost? Generic products are often thought of as lower quality, however this is far from the truth. What a lot of people aren't aware of is the fact that a great deal of generic products are actually manufactured in the same exact place where national brand products are produced, however the label is different and it's less expensive.

If you're unsure of whether or not you want to buy generic, next time you're at the store you should compare labels. Take a look at the ingredients and determine the differences between the two products. Chances are, you'll be pleasantly surprised when you find out that you've been paying more for something your store sells for a much less expensive price.

Pay attention to seasonal fruits and vegetables

Whether you choose to visit the farmers market in your region or you prefer to buy your fresh produce from the grocery store, fruits and vegetables are the healthiest items we can purchase for yourself. A great trick to paying the least for your produce is knowing what's in season. When a certain fruit or vegetable is in season, the price for that item will be dramatically less than when it's not in season. This is because farmers have an abundance of this specific product and is trying to sell as much as they can, as quickly as they can. 

If you're looking to save money but still eat healthy, the tips above are specifically for you. Contrary to popular belief, there are ways to have a healthy diet without breaking the bank. Follow these tips and you'll be surprised how much you can actually save on healthy items.

2 comments:

  1. Great tips for saving money and eating healthy. The money you save on food can help you get out of debt faster.

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  2. Not only does eating healthy save money but eating at home as well. Even fast food isn't cheap anymore, and you can make the same burger and french fries at home much cheaper--it tastes better, too.

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