If you have been employing cost as an excuse to eat high fat prepared or processed foods, you can kiss that excuse goodbye. With proper planning, purchasing and a little creativity, you too can eat healthy on a budget. There’s no need to forgo flavor, nutrients or quality when shopping on a shoestring. It’s easy to find tasty, nutritious foods for a price that doesn’t break the bank. You just need a little advise on what to do to keep your grocery bill low. So, follow these tested tips to eating healthy on a small financial plan.
Plan your meals for the week. Before you head to the grocery store, plan what you will eat at each meal, then make your grocery list and stick to it. When you go to the grocery store hungry you put your self at risk of straying from your checklist and spending extra money on pre-packaged foods that contain high amounts of salt, sugar and fat.
Shop the sales and use coupons. I can not stress how much this can reduce a grocery bill. Check the local newspaper, store websites, and supermarket fliers for the weekly sales and coupons. Ask about loyalty cards at stores where you shop. Then, once you get your hands on what is on sale, plan your grocery list around what is discounted at your local grocer.
Go back to basics. Convenience foods like instant rice, oatmeal, pre-cut vegetables, or canned beans cost more than if they were prepared from scratch in your kitchen. Take the time to make your own food items and see the savings. Plus, if you make them in larger batches you can freeze or refrigerate the leftovers so that you have them on hand for quick meals.
Buy in bulk. Look for grocery stores that have a bulk section. Not only does shopping this way save money, it helps control food wastes since you are able to purchase the amount that you need. According to the Portland State University’s Food Industry Leadership Center, “a shopper can save an average of 69 percent by purchasing natural and organic foods in the bulk food’s aisle of a grocery store”. You save because you do not pay the extra for the individual packaging of the product, just the ingredient.