Quick Guide to Eating Healthy On A Budget
With summer basically knocking on our door, conversations are starting to lean towards exercising and dieting in preparation to show some skin. Although the discussions are common, a lot of people are hesitant about jumping on board. Finances usually play a big part in this, especially with dieting and eating healthy. According to www.diet-blog.com, the second top reason for not eating healthy is cost. I can definitely agree with why people would say cost, but with a little bit of research and personal experience I created a guide on how to eat healthy on a budget. When I say budget, I mean a tight "I'm so broke" budget. Finding ways to save money does involve a little more work but it is absolutely worth it in the long run.
PREP AND PLAN
Before you go shopping, take the time to plan out your meal list and prepare your budget. This is extremely important! When preparing your list, include all of the ingredients you are going to need to prepare your healthy meals throughout the week. This will give you a good idea of what exactly you need and what you can afford.
SEARCH FOR SALES AND COUPONS
Learn which days your local shopping markets release their sales ad. Compare your shopping list to the shopping markets to see which store has sales on the items that you need. Search online, in the newspaper, and with friends/family to find as many coupons as you can get. You will be surprised how beneficial this is and how much money you will save. You may have to stop at several stores because they may each have different sales on food that you need. The reduction in your bill with be worth it.
SHOP AT LOCAL FARMER'S MARKETS AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
When purchasing produce, one of the best places to shop is local markets. The prices are usually significantly reduced compared to big name stores. It is also easier to work out deals and the food is more fresh.
BUY FRESH PRODUCE IN SEASON
Produce are priced based on seasons and availability. Sometimes you have to stock up on the fresh produce when it is cheap and freeze it. You will save a lot of money and you will have it available for you.
STOCK YOUR GRAINS AND LENTILS
Grains, lentils, oats, and whole grain pasta are cheap and good for you. These items are also pretty easy to find coupons for as well. When you have enough funds, stock up on these items. They are fulfilling and healthy.
Frozen fruits and vegetables are definitely gems. Depending on which fresh produce you are purchasing, frozen may be a better alternative price wise. Also, do not be afraid of the generic label. Save those coins!
Eggs should be a staple in anyone's diet. They are high in protein, fulfilling, and very affordable.
ASK FOR MANAGER SPECIALS
Most grocery stores have manager specials or red ticket items on produce and meats that they need to sell. If you do not see any out, do not be afraid to ask. More than likely they will have items in the back that could be marked down because it has to be sold. If it is approaching the expiration date, just cook it and eat left overs throughout the week.
This will stop you from spending money eating out and ensure you always have a healthy meal available.
BUY CHEAPER CUTS OF MEAT
Compare the price on different cuts of meat. Although you may be used to a certain cut of meat or maybe meat that is a bit leaner, you could be saving a lot money purchasing a cheaper cut. If you are worried about the meat being tough, you could get creative in the kitchen to keep the meat tender.
Yes, shopping for food will take longer and it is more work but it will allow you to eat healthy without breaking the bank. I hope this helped!
What are some other ways to eat healthy on a budget? Feel free to comment!
Until next time...