Eating Healthy on a Budget

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.

We know that buying healthy food can cost more than less healthy alternatives, as this is often cited as one of the reasons people don’t eat as healthy as they should. Luckily, there are ways to save yourself some money and improve your health at the same time. Try utilizing the tips below to eat healthier and save some cash!

  1. Buy the less processed version
    • Examples: Buying whole rolled oats is cheaper for the amount you get than buying boxes of oatmeal packets, which are often loaded with sugar! Additionally, buying unprocessed beans in bulk will save you money when compared to the canned, sodium laden version.
  2. Buy in season
    • Fruits and vegetables that are in season are much cheaper than those that are not! Look up which varieties of these foods are in season or ask your local grocer to save some money.
  3. Don’t be afraid of buying frozen vegetables and fruit
    • Frozen versions of these foods can be cheaper than the fresh version. Fruits and vegetables are frozen at their peak ripeness, so don’t worry about missing out on any nutrients by going with this option!
  4. Prepare your own food and bring it with you on the go
    • Restaurants often take advantage of the fact that people want to take care of their health by charging more for healthier options. Avoid this trap by preparing your own food and taking it with you to work, school, or running errands.
  5. Buy discounted produce
    • Many grocery stores often discount produce when it is beginning to get too ripe. Check your local store to see if they have a discount produce section. If not, you could always ask! You might be surprised at the deals some places are willing to give you for these riper items.
  6. Buy in bulk
    • Foods such as rice, oatmeal, nuts, and beans are often cheaper per ounce in larger amounts. Don’t be afraid to stock up, as these foods have a long shelf life!
  7. Buy produce at local farmers markets
    • Sometimes organic produce is cheaper at farmers markets than it is at the grocery store because it’s local and therefore takes less money and energy to transport to you. Take advantage of this by comparing prices and buying the less expensive option!

Have you tried any of these strategies, and have they worked for you? Do you have any other money-saving strategies for eating healthy that you’d like to share? As always, let us know in the comments below! 🙂

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