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It is possible to eat healthy on a budget and make nutritious choices for your family.
Just because you are on a budget and trying to be smart with your money doesn’t mean you need to choose bad food options.
When you think of a cheap food budget the first things that come to my mind are pasta, rice and beans. Which in all honest aren’t bad. These are great base items to frugal healthy meals.
And you can build on them and still keep your grocery budget in tact, by adding vegetables, cheap cuts of meats and healthy food portions.
In our house the secret to taking a cheap meal and making it great are herbs and spices. You add a minimal amount and the flavor goes a long way.
Here are 7 other smart ways to eat healthy on a budget:
1. Shop local
The further your food travels the more expensive it is and when you shop local you know where your food is grown or baked. Shopping local also allows you to support your local farmers, bakers, brewers and tradespeople.
My favorite way to shop local is our towns weekly farmers market. I can grab vegetables, meats, honey, tea, pastries and so much more. It is also a great way to spend a Saturday morning with the family.
2. Eat seasonal produce
If you buy strawberries in the middle of December you will be paying too much. Buying produce (vegetables and fruits) in season will save you money. Most areas have produce charts telling you what is available when.
Where we will fresh berries are available July to August, corn is available in August and squash during the Fall. These are set times in the season you can find these produce items for a reasonable price. But if you want squash in July you are going to be paying more.
3. Freeze the harvest
Who says you can’t have berries in the middle of winter. You just need to shop your freezer – not the store. Harvesting seasonal product throughout the year and freezing the abundance provides for cheaper food alternatives and treats later in the year.
You can also freeze your left overs. Maybe you have left over chicken breasts from a bulk buy or vegetables scarps and bones for stock. Or maybe you did a big freezer cooking day and have a bunch of meals prepared.
4. Buy whole foods
When you buy packaged foods you get a list of ingredients. When you buy whole foods you are buying the ingredients to your food. Start from scratch and cook a homemade meal full of flavor and actual whole foods.
5. Buy it in bulk
Healthy foods, foods in general can be expensive in smaller portions. Save money by buying in bulk and stockpiling your pantry with such items as rice, beans, soup stocks, spices and items your family regularly use.
6. Shop with a plan
Whether you are sticking to a whole foods diet, a Keto diet or a simple 5 ingredient meal plan diet all grocery shopping ventures can go sideways by adding extra items to the buggy. Once you start adding items that aren’t on the list your food budget goes over budget.
7. Skip the coupons and get the app
No more clipping coupons in an effort to save money at the grocery store. You can now download the Ibotta app into your smart phone and start saving money while you shop. In fact if you download the app today and give it a try you will receive a $10 bonus credit.
Who says you can’t eat healthy on a budget?
7 easy to follow tips to help you save money and eat healthy on a budget.
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