I’ve been all over the place learning how to eat healthy but what I really want to know is how to eat healthy on a budget. Because, I’m on a budget. I have a family to feed and, let’s face it, produce isn’t cheap. I love that my kids are into fruits and veggies but that stuff adds up fast. I’ve been thinking about this for a few days and decided to write about how I manage to eat healthy on a budget. This is how I do it.
Plan Meals Ahead
I’m one of those people who likes to plan everything. Well, not everything, but most things. I like planning ahead when possible because it’s one less thing I have to worry about. Once a week, the hubs and I sit down and plan out our meals for the week. Then we hit the store and get it done. Not only is this helping me eat healthy on budget but it also cuts down on my husband’s impulse buying. Winning!
Make a List
Never, ever, ever enter a store without a list. If you’ve taken the time to plan your meals, don’t blow it by not buying everything you need for the week. If something isn’t on your list, it doesn’t make it to the cart. It’s just that simple. This should apply to you if you’re trying to eat healthy or not. I love using the signs above the aisles to know what’s on my list. I don’t go down every aisle; just the ones that house the things I need.
Don’t Forget the Calculator
Whether it’s a traditional calculator or on your phone, always have one with you. Be sure to weigh your produce so you can get an accurate price, making sure you’re on budget. You’re really going to be surprised at how little you spend when you plan your meals and stick to your list. We often end up spending more at the store because we’re just throwing things into the cart. Don’t do that!
Use Farmer’s Markets
I love farmer’s markets and local produce stands during the summer months. We don’t have many during the winter, which means I’m dependent on the supermarket for my produce. These places are generally less expensive than grocery stores and you’re helping local farmers instead of big corporations. The best part of these places is that the produce is fresher and not full of chemicals that the stores use to make food look ripe and fresh. No one needs that crap.
Grow a Garden
Growing your own food is a great way to eat healthy without blowing your budget. My husband has a really green thumb and he always makes sure we have a garden each year. We grow everything we can and it’s so much better and cheaper than buying it. Take tomatoes, for example. We grow beef steak tomatoes and spend roughly $10 on plants for the year. Now, think about how many tomatoes you get from the store for $10. We grow everything from asparagus to pumpkins.
Store Food Properly
Nothing is worse than wasting money and, if you don’t store your food properly, that’s what you’re doing. I know you’ve bought produce only to have it go bad on you in just a few days, right? That’s because you’re not storing it properly. I found a great article on how to keep produce fresh, what needs to be refrigerated, and what doesn’t. Give it a read and start enjoying your fruits and veggies more!
Give these tips a try the next time you head out to get groceries and I’m sure you’ll notice a big difference.
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