Eating healthy can be a challenge, as can eating on a budget. Unfortunately, that means eating healthy on a budget can sometimes feel impossible. But it’s not! Over the last several years I’ve learned some GREAT strategies for how to eat healthy on a budget!
Cook Meals at Home
This one is pretty obvious, but I’m going to say it anyway because I’m guessing it’s a struggle for most of us. The biggest downfall for me when it comes to keeping my food costs down is ordering out or picking up fast food too often. I love going out to eat, and often rely on delivery when I’m too lazy or tired to cook. Unfortunately, that can get expensive. When I want to cut back on my food budget, I focus on cooking at home more. It’s also so much easier to eat healthier because you have all the control over what goes into your meal.
Meal Plan and Make a List Ahead
Meal planning has managed to save me a lot of money on food. I sit down each week and write a meal plan for everything I’m going to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I also account for snacks, or nights I might be having friends over. Knowing exactly what food I’ll be using has really helped me cut down on overbuying and wasting food. I use the meal plan to make a grocery list, then I only shop off the list.
Meal planning has also helped me to eat healthier. When I haven’t planned a meal ahead of time, I’m more likely to grab something out. And when I grab something out, it’s more often than not something less than healthy. I am doing better about being conscious of my food choices when eating out, but cooking at home is even better!
Look For Sales and Plan Your Meals Around Them
Before I grocery shop each weekend, I check out the flyers for my go-to stores to see what’s on sale. I specifically look for anything that I buy occasionally anyways. When there’s a sale on something I eat regularly, I’ll stock up for a while.
Shop More Than One Store
I know it can be a pain, but shopping at more than one store can sometimes really make a difference in the price. I actually enjoy grocery shopping (though I definitely know not everyone does) so I’m not averse to hitting more than one store if it’s going to save me money. Shopping at more than one store is most efficient when 1) you’re shopping at a discount store like ALDI or a bulk store like Costco and 2) when you’re diligently checking out the weekly ads and know what foods are on sale at each store.
Buy in Bulk When It Makes Sense
If there are certain foods that you go through quickly, it makes sense to buy them in bulk when you can. I tend to eat a lot of rice, so I always opt for a larger bag that is cheaper per pound. I do the same thing with meats like chicken breast and then freeze what I’m not going to use right away.
Shop Frozen Produce
Unfortunately, produce often goes bad before I have a chance to finish it. I’ve gotten in the habit of buying certain produce fresh that I know for a fact I’ll eat, but often buy frozen so it keeps longer. It’s also super affordable and still super healthy! I typically buy a bunch of bags of frozen veggies when I see they’re on sale, so I’ve always got lots on hand!
One Last Thing
If you’re trying to get on the meal planning and healthy eating train, make sure to hop over to my Etsy shop and check out my notepads! I’m a BIT of a list-making junkie and seriously love the meal planning and grocery list notepads for staying on top of my weekly grocery shopping. Trust me, it’s the little things that can make a big difference!
What are your favorite foods for eating healthy on a budget?
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