Do you ever think it's too expensive to eat healthy? Well, think again. With proper planning you'll not only eat healthier, but you'll also be saving a few extra bucks. Are you eating out everyday for lunch or packing one? Lunch alone can be quite an expense and less healthy at times.
I know how exhausting it can be making that weekly trip to the grocery store. Sometimes I make a few. No matter what, I always make a list prior to going. First, I start with making a menu for the week. This helps me know what I am going to need on my list. I like to check the pantry to make sure I'm not about to buy items that I already have. I check the sale ads and clip coupons, as well. You can also download your favorite shopping app for extra savings. I love the Target Cartwheel app!
Once I'm at the store, I make sure I stick to the list. I know how tempting it can be to want that tub of ice cream! Remember, you are trying to eat well on a budget. Less junk, less the expense. Keep your eyes peeled for sales and generic brand items. They are just as good as name brand, but cost less.
When shopping for meat, try replacing it with other proteins. Eating less meat can save money. Maybe try another protein source a few days per week. Lentil soup, a veggie omelette, or a warm spinach salad. Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is another good way to save money. They make a great smoothie. I prefer fresh produce, but when certain fruits and vegetables aren't in season and they aren't looking good. Frozen will do.
Shop for whole foods. Oats and brown rice are cheaper than processed foods, such as sugary cereals and other boxed foods. You may even want to buy your grains in bulk. That will save a few pennies. You get more for your money.
I like to make meals that will make great leftovers. This way, I'm not having to spend extra dollars for more meals and I get a few nights off from cooking every week. Bonus!
As you can see, there are many ways to eat well on a budget. I hope your next trip to the grocery store finds you shopping healthier and spending less.