How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

By Kennedi Rose / September 8, 2013


Here are some tips to help you eat healthy, while on a budget.

1. Planning a menu for the week will help you save money. You can use the ingredients in more than one dish throughout the week, and you know what you need to get from the store so you spend less. When you have a set menu and go to the store, you can have a list so you do not stray into the chip aisle.

2. Get some of the less-expensive healthy foods like: brown rice, whole wheat bread, nonfat yogurt, frozen vegetables, and canned refried beans. You can find these just a few non-expensive healthy items. The great thing about foods like this is they help you feel full longer, so you do not overeat, or find yourself needing a snack later.

3. When you dine out you can order an appetizer instead of a full meal. The appetizer will be a smaller portion and will not give you too many calories while costing a lot less. You can also save calories by skipping the bread and ordering sauce on the side. If you go into the restaurant ravenous, you might over indulge. It is a good idea to have a glass of water or two at the house before you go, so you are not starving when you get there.

4. Growing your own vegetables and fruits can be a great way to save money on healthy food. You can grow your own garden in the kitchen window or in your backyard. The great thing is you can grow whatever you want to eat, and the fruits and vegetables will taste much better out of your own garden.

5. Buy healthy foods like oats or whole grain pasta in bulk when you find a great deal to save money in the end. Look for bulk items on sale when you shop, and stock up a little at a time when you find a good deal. These foods do not expire quickly and should last for a long time.

6. Buy fruits and vegetables when they are in-season and less expensive. You can usually tell what is available by the food the grocery store puts out front with sales prices on it. This can be a unique opportunity to find a fruit or vegetable you have not tried before because it is on sale.

7. Shopping at the local farmer?s market can help you find the freshest fruits and vegetables and often help you save money. Most of the time the local farmers can give you a good deal on bulk purchases and you will find their crops are often the best, with no added preservatives.

8. Look for discounts and use coupons. It might sound simple, but coupons really are a good way to save some money. You can become good at couponing fairly quickly if you just keep your eyes open and find out what days your favorite store has double- and triple- coupon days. This can be a little time consuming, but worth it if you need to save money.

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