A common misconception we often hear is that eating healthy is EXPENSIVE. However, if you shop smart and really break it down, you can actually eat healthy on a budget! As you can see from the infographic, breaking down foods by ounce or pound shows just how inexpensive it can be. Here are a few tips to help you be even more budget friendly during your shopping! In fact, if you shop right, a home cooked meal will end up being just as cheap, or cheaper, than a fast food meal!
Buy in Bulk:
Buying things like rice and beans in bulk can be a lot more budget friendly. You can get pounds of beans and rice for so much cheaper in bulk than in a can. They may require a little more prep time, but it is definitely worth it price wise. It’s also helpful to buy things like nuts and flour in bulk because not only is it cheaper, but you can usually customize how much of each ingredient you need from the bulk bins.
Make a List:
Go into the store with a list and stick to it! If you plan out your meals and list beforehand, you will avoid buying unnecessary items and spending more money than you planned.
Don’t Shop Hungry:
Make sure to eat a healthy and filling meal before you go shopping! When you shop at a store hungry, you might find yourself reaching for unhealthy treats you might not otherwise want. If you go to the store full and satisfied, you’re more likely to avoid these unhealthy snacks.
There are so many coupons for food items so be sure to check around! Look through your local paper, online on a stores website, or even check your phone to see if some stores have apps! For example, Target uses an app called Cartwheel which stores all of its coupons for easy access. Even some small coupons, like 50 cents off on item, can add up!
Make sure you’re shopping somewhere where you can get the most bang for your buck. Here are some stores to keep in mind:
- Trader Joes
- Cub Foods
- Fresh Thyme
- Sam’s Club
- Local Farmers Markets
- Local co-op
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