How to eat healthy for cheap?
Eating healthy can be challenging for most people. But it is even more so, for people on a budget. However, that does not mean you can as well give up on a healthy diet. We’ve gathered some tips for you to eat healthy whole foods and save money.
Cook at home
In fact, cooking at home is the cheapest possible option. If you’re trying to save money, it’s always helpful to avoid eating out, even if it’s just a cheap fast food. A full dinner for 4 people cooked at home is usually cheaper than a dinner for 2 out. Make sure you plan your meals ahead so that there’s no need for takeout.
Stick to your shopping list
Once you’ve planned your meals, it’s time to make a shopping list. Make sure you only include the foods you actually going to eat. Moreover, don’t buy too much – if you only need 2 tomatoes, then buy 2. This way you won’t waste anything that spoiled because you didn’t eat it. Finally, when in the shop, stick to your list only – no improvisation.
Buy generic brands
Most grocery shops (especially bigger ones) have their own generic produce. The quality of these foods is also regulated, so it’s the same as the quality of other brands. It is, however, always useful to check the ingredient list to make sure you get what you need.
Be smart about organic foods
While being better for our health, organic foods are becoming more and more expensive. However, not all fruits and veggies need to be organic. Check out the dirty dozen list to see which ones you should definitely pick organic and which are not worth paying extra. And remember that buying non-organic fruits and veggies is still better than not buying them at all.
- Use sales
- Use coupons
- Buy frozen meats, fruits and veggies
- Stop buying junk food
- Don’t shop if you’re hungry
- Shop the perimeter of the store