How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
I hear tons of people saying that the main reason that they don't eat healthy, is because it's too expensive. LIES AND LACEFRONTS PEOPLE! Eating healthy can actually be pretty cheap if you utilize these tips:
1. Shop at your local farmers market. Just about every city has one. And the prices are actually MUCH cheaper than a chain grocery store. You can also find lots of homemade soup mixes, marinades, sauces and much more.
2. Buy off-brand foods. This is one tip that I try to stick to, especially when shopping at Whole Foods where prices on everything are steep.
3. Buy in bulk. Usually, companies price their products cheaper on items that come in a larger quantity. Not only will it save you a trip to the grocery store, it will also save you a few dollars. But be sure to check the price per unit on the item. Larger packages are often, but not always cheaper.
4. Buy frozen fruits and veggies. Usually half the price of fresh fruits and veggies, frozen ones save you time and money. They are usually pre-cut and pre-washed.
5. Buy in-season fruits and veggies. When fruits and veggies are out of season, the price is much higher! Do a quick Google search to see which fruits and vegetables are currently in season.
6. Coupon, coupon, COUPON! Coupon's will save you LOTS of money! People always say "how do I coupon?!" It's as easy as searching the Sunday newspaper with a pair of scissors handy or searching on the internet for coupon's or discounts. Sign up for e-letters from your favorite grocery store, and sign up for their discount card.
7. Drink tap water. Buy an attachable water filter or pitcher. It's much cheaper than buying bottled water, soda or juice.
8. Avoid impulse shopping. Eat before you go shopping. Make a shopping list before you go to the store and stick to it.
Bonus tip: Grow your own food!