Yes, healthy eating can be expensive, but with a little planning and intentional shopping it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to compromise healthy eating just because healthy foods are more expensive.
A few years ago I started creating menus for friends and family. I’m not a registered dietician or a nutritionist so the meal plans were created around the nutrition information I was given. I created the menus to introduce a healthier way to eat and to show that eating healthy doesn’t have to be tasteless or boring.
One thing I heard often was, “it’s too expensive to eat healthy”, so my goal became not only to provide a delicious healthy menu, but to also make the menus budget friendly.
Money Saving Tips for Eating Healthy
- Buy Frozen Frozen foods are often cheaper than fresh. The bonus is frozen foods keep longer than fresh so there’s less waste and it’s already chopped.
- Buy Dry Beans A bag of dry beans costs less than 1 can of beans and 1 bag will have enough beans for several meals. Batch cook the beans for healthy and convenient meals during the week.
- Buy in Bulk Check the unit price. Buying a 10 pound bag of rice is a better deal than buying a 1 pound bag of rice. Amazon and big box stores like Costco have amazing deals.
- Skip The Prepackaged Salad Mix Bagged salad mixes are expensive and the convenience may not be worth the expensive price. Buying heads of lettuce and making your own mixes is a better deal and often last longer.
- Shop for Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables When produce is in season, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive.
- Plan a Menu and Shop With a List Going shopping knowing exactly what you need helps cut down on impulse buys, saves money and saves time.
- Grow Your Own Growing your own herbs and vegetables is a great way to save money and it can be done in pots if space is limited.
- Buy From the Bulk Bins When It Makes Sense Do a little price comparison. The bulk bin items like rice, grains, and nuts are often less expensive and you can buy the exact amount you need.
- Buy Online We shop at Amazon for many food items that can be bought in bulk and an added bonus is saving even more with subscribe and save. It’s a brilliant way to shop.
- Shop Your Local Farmer’s Market A report released in 2011 by Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, found that prices at farmers’ markets for conventionally grown produce items were sometimes lower than they were at supermarkets. For organic items, farmers’ markets beat grocery stores every time hands down. In one study, non-organic farmers’ market cantaloupe, cucumbers, lettuce, and peas were better buys than their supermarket counterpart. Jake Claro said in an interview, “We’re starting to see enough competition among vendors at farmers’ markets that the prices are becoming competitive,”
I would love to chat:
How do you save money on your grocery bill? What tips would you add to the list? Do you shop at farmer’s markets? Have you tried Amazon’s subscribe and save?
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