Sometimes when we talk about healthy eating people respond, “Well, I can’t do that. It’s too expensive.” Not true, healthy eating on a budget is possible. If you put a little time into organizing and preparing you can nourish your body without having to eat junk! Here are a handful of tips to help you get started.
FOLLOW THE 3 P’s:
• PLAN: Download our Shopping List
• PURCHASE: Find coupons/join grocery store loyalty card
• PREP: Spend time chopping, cooking and preparing food for the week of healthy meals
BUDGET SAVING TIPS:
KEEP IT SIMPLE! Don’t over complicate meals with too many ingredients. The more ingredients you use, the more money you spend.
DOUBLE UP or triple up on recipes and freeze for the following week. Or, use leftovers for lunch the next day. Avoid eating out on a daily basis.
EAT BEFORE SHOPPING: Buy groceries on a full belly when you are not rushed.
BUY IN BULK: Costco or stores where you can buy items in larger quantities is key.
BUY STORE BRAND: They are usually much cheaper than name brands.
CROCK POT MEALS: Set and forget with easy recipes. This is our go-to for family meals to make your life easier. Make sure you try our Easy Crock Pot Turkey Chili. It’s tasty and a family favorite.
CONTAINERS: Stock up on reusable containers to store your prepped vegetables, cooked proteins, pastas, rice’s grains and bulk food.
EAT SEASONAL fruit and veggies: This will save you a ton of money!!
CUT COUPONS & SHOP SALES in the local paper or online. Not a coupon clipper, it’s ok. All stores have weekly ads for food items. Stock up on essential canned items when they got on sale or plan your meals for the week around the grocery store weekly ads.
LOW COST STAPLES: Stock up on Rice, Oats, Pasta, Potatoes, Beans, Green Vegetables, Apples, Bananas, Oranges, year round low cost staples.
Lost for ideas on what to prepare? We’ve got you covered. Here are 6 easy, healthy and tasty meal ideas for you to create. Each meal is under $15 for a serving of 4-6 people. The downloadable shopping list above has all the items needed for the meal below.