It’s possible to eat healthy on a budget
If money is super tight most people think of mac and cheese, sandwiches, soups or beans and rice for meals. But in fact you can eat super well on a budget and healthy too.
When you think of cheap food the first things that come to my mind are pasta, rice and beans. Which in all honesty aren’t bad.
You can build on these items and still keep your grocery budget in tact, by adding vegetables, cheap cuts of meats and healthy food portions.
I’ll let you in on a chef secret herbs and spices are the cheapest way to take a frugal meal to the next level. If you have a cheap cut of meat marinade it, then slow cook it and your dinner guests will be coming back for more.
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Here are 7 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 made. 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’s 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.
Adding more produce into your meals is a smart way to keep the costs down and eat healthy.
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 produce 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 scraps and bones for stock.
Or maybe you did a big freezer cooking day and have a bunch of meals prepared. Did you know there are over 75 items you can freeze to help you save money?
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 is a smart way to save money.
5. Buy it in bulk
Healthy foods can be expensive in smaller portions. Save money by buying in bulk and stockpiling your pantry with items such as rice, beans, soup stocks, spices and items your family regularly use.
6. Shop with a plan
Whether you are sticking to a whole food diet, a Keto diet or a simple 5 ingredient meal plan all grocery shopping ventures can go sideways by adding extra items to the buggy.
Once you start adding items that aren’t in your food budget you tend to over spend. Discover some amazing grocery saving tips with the Grocery Budget Workshop.
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 Rakuten 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.
Updated January 20, 2020