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Eat Healthy On A Budget | How To
I’ve had some requests for advice on how to eat healthy on a budget. I’ve put together some tips below that can help!
Eat at Home
I recently wrote a post about the benefits of homemade meals as opposed to eating out. The number one reason I listed is that eating in saves money! This is especially true for large families. A home-made spaghetti dinner with salad for a family of four costs approximately $9 ($2.25 /person). A spaghetti dinner with salad at a restaurant may cost up to $44 or more ($11 /person), without beverages, tax or tip.
Prepare in Bulk
Prepare freezer meals, cook extra chicken, hard boil at least a dozen eggs, etc. etc. When preparing a meal, make extra – which can extend your single meal to at least two or three additional meals. Eating out is costly, and if you can make a lunch out of your dinner from the night before… you’ll save at least 5$ (or more) / per day per person, which adds up fast!
Here are some of my favorite freezer meals:
- Try this easy chicken soup recipe from Oh My Dish
- Try this carrot soup recipe from Oh My Dish
- Try this crockpot freezer meal chili from Real Food Real Deals
- Try this red lentil sweet potato soup from Green Healthy Cooking
- Try this minestrone soup from A Well Fed Life
The other issue I personally have with eating leftovers… is that they just aren’t as fresh. This is truly a serious problem for me. I’m a food princess I guess… but, I’ve been using a Freshy Bag lately to solve this issue… and it really, truly helps. Best lunch bag I’ve ever owned – cuz’ my food actually stays fresh when I pack lunches.
Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry!
When you shop hungry, you are more likely to be thinking with the “survival animal” part of your brain rather than the “logical” part of your brain. This translates to “me hungry… me want a shopping cart filled with junk food”, which translates to spending more at the store than you need to! So… Grab a healthy meal before you grocery shop!
Know Where to Find the Best Deals
Have you ever tried Thrive Market? They sell healthy, organic products at a wholesale price. That means you can shop all of your favorite organic products without retail markups. I LOVE Thrive Market… I’m not even an affiliate for them as I write this post… but this service is one of my favorites for sure… so check them out!
P.S. They deliver to you for a minimal shipping cost, which probably costs less than gas money to the grocery store. Plus time is money yes? Save time (money) by shopping online.
Buy Whole, Unprocessed Foods in Bulk
I had a coworker who used to refuse to go to Costco, because he was frustrated that he couldn’t leave without spending $100. This is probably true… but I told him… that while buying in bulk seems like a lot upfront, if he shops wisely… he could save more money in the long run by shopping at Costco.
I guarantee you that if you compare the cost per weight of what you are purchasing at Costco to your local supermarket… at least 9/10 times the cost is much higher per pound at the grocery store. For example, when I buy a bag of almonds at the supermarket, I’m often paying around 9$ for an 8 oz bag… where at Costco I pay around $17 for a 3 lb. bag! <– Considering the amount of almonds and almond butter that get consumed in this house – this is a no brainer!
I will ONLY SHOP AT THE GROCERY STORE IF: I am preparing a recipe that doesn’t call for a huge Costco sized portion of an ingredient. But for the main items: meats, fish, nuts, produce, bread, etc… Costco is my go-to.
Purchase Generic Brands
Almost every time… the generic brand has the SAME INGREDIENTS as the name brand. Check the label to make sure… but most of the time you are paying a markup for the name on the label and not for what’s included on the ingredient label.
Purchase Produce that is in Season
If you buy produce when it’s in season, it will be cheaper. The end. If you are in Northern California like me, check out this chart to view when local produce is in season. Any one else: THIS SEASONAL FOOD GUIDE will point you in the right direction.
Stock up on Frozen Fruits & Veggies
Yes, purchasing protein vital in order to eat healthy on a budget. That’s because per calorie protein keeps you fuller longer. Meaning – you can consume less calories (food) by eating more protein. If you stock up on affordable protein (chicken, lean pork, tilapia) it will help you save money and calories!
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