5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
It seems almost impossible to eat healthy on a budget these days. Unhealthy food choices are readily available and inexpensive, while healthy food choices may cost a lot more. Fortunately, eating healthy is not as challenging as some people may think. Below are some easy tips for eating healthy for less:
Buy less meat
Meat can very easily run up a grocery bill, especially if you buy grass-fed, hormone-free animal products (and let’s face it, as parents, many of us do buy these meats). Buying less meat is one of the simplest things that can be done to save money on groceries. Most people already get more than the recommended daily amount of meat. And folks, I live in rural Kansas where cattle outnumber people, so if we can get by on less meat, anyone can!
Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk can also help save money on eating healthy. Most grocery stores offer discounts if you spend a certain amount of money. Additionally, gas prices are continuing to rise and many people cannot afford to make frequent trips to the grocery stores. Buying in bulk also helps save money on gas.
Okay, you knew we’d have to include this one right? You may be surprised to hear that many people throw away coupons, but using coupons can help folks save a lot of money on groceries. Even using coupons that offer discounts as low as 10 – 20 percent off can help you save money. Twenty percent off may not seem like much, but over time, that can add up. For example, lots of people say that the “average family of four” spends about $100 dollars per week on groceries. If this same family uses coupons, they can easily save $20 per week (and much more) on groceries. Over a year, that family has just saved $1000 per year on groceries!
Drink tap water instead of buying bottled water
This one may seem obvious, but we see so many folks trying to save money who buy bottled water! Let’s face it – Water is a healthy drink choice, and it’s cheap! However, buying bottled water every week can be very expensive. So if you must have your water in a bottle, buy reusable bottles & drink tap water instead of bottled water. If you’re concerned about the ingredients in your tap water, use a quality water filter.
Cook at home as much as possible
I honestly think this is one of the easiest ways to save money. Folks simply need make sure that they cook at home as much as possible. Dining out is not only expensive, but the food is not very healthy. Cooking at home is healthier because YOU control the ingredients and the way the food is prepared.
So, eating healthy on a budget does not have to be challenging. Buying less meat, buying in bulk, using coupons, drinking tap water instead of bottled water, and cooking at home are just some easy ways you can eat healthy on a budget. We’d love to hear any ideas you have for eating healthy on a budget too!