How To Eat Healthy On A Budget Tips & Tricks To Save
When it comes to eating healthy and staying on a budget, we usually feel like we have to sacrifice one thing or another. The truth of the matter is, it is possible to eat healthy while still staying in your budget. By following these simple tips, you can stretch your dollars while still nourishing your body.
Buy in Season
When buying produce, buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. This saves you the most money because prices are the lowest as demand is the highest. I suggest checking your local Farmer's Markets, at first thought people assume they are more expensive when in fact they may be less. I have purchased vegetables for normally $2 lb for about 75¢ lb.
Creating a meal plan for the week before heading out to the grocery store is a great way to count your dollars and plan healthy meals. Check Pinterest for recipes and write down ingredients you'll need to make your healthy meals. Stick to your list, but store brand when you can and do not over buy. Ignore your instinct to buy a little more just in case. You know you always end up with left overs.
Use Less Meat
Meat tends to be the pricier items when preparing meals. Purchase more vegetables and beans, and create healthy meals around those ingredients. Beans contain tons of protein, less fat, and are very budget friendly.
Buying a large package of chicken breasts can sometimes be cheaper if you plan on using it throughout the week. Either freeze, or go ahead and cook and store the chicken ahead of time to be easily used in your meals for the next couple of days. Recipes that can use meat previously cooked would be spaghetti, pastas, and salads.
Grow Your Own
It can be very inexpensive to grow your own vegetables and herbs. Most seed packets range from 25¢ - $1 a pack and include more than enough seeds for a family of 6 . You can get away with only purchasing a container of Miracle Grow to use throughout the growing season instead of purchasing bags of fertilizer and compost.
Grow More Than You Need
Depending on where you live your grow season could be short or long. Here in Maine ours is about (safely) 4 months. So we have to make sure we grow enough to be able to freeze our harvest. You can prepare all your veggies and store them in zip lock freezer bags. I even prepare main dishes like lasagna in foil pans (using my homemade tomato sauce and veggies from the garden). The possibilities are endless.
Do you have a way to eat healthy on a budget? Let us know!