Healthy eating has an unfair reputation as being expensive. We’re here to tell you it’s easy to eat a healthy diet and save money! If expenses are obstacles between you and eating healthy, follow these five tips on how to eat healthy on a budget.
Plan Your Meals Weekly
Planning is essential if you want to save money at the store. Use one day each week to plan your meals for the upcoming week, making a list of the foods you need. Before leaving the house or placing an online order, be sure to scan your fridge and cabinets to see what you already have – you may have the ingredients hidden in the back of your pantry.
To keep track of what may be in your pantry, keep a spreadsheet handy that you can update regularly and on the go. Mark things off as they enter your real or virtual basket!
Follow Your List To A “T”
It’s necessary that, once you have a weekly plan, stick to it. Only buy what you know you’re going to use for your weekly meals and snacks. This way, nothing will go to waste, and you won’t throw out a lot of what you buy. One common adage for grocery shopping is true – don’t shop when you’re hungry! A full belly will make you impervious to impulsive grocery shopping.
Buy Ingredients For Home Cooking
Eating healthy on a budget means doing more cooking at home. Even when committing to healthy eating, you can feed an entire family for what a restaurant meal for two would cost. When you make home-cooked meals, you have more control over what goes into the food, making sure that your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are free from excess sugar, saturated fat, carbs, and more.
Do Most Of Your Cooking On The Weekend
If you’re seriously into meal planning, you might find making meals and sides ahead of time is an ideal strategy; many people like to do this on Saturday or Sunday, putting the foods in freezable containers. It’s an excellent way to have meals handy when you don’t feel like cooking!
It’s important to freeze your meals or eat what you’ve made soon after preparation because keeping the food in the fridge is not a foolproof way of preserving them. It’s another area where following your meal plan can pay off!
Look For Sales – Don’t Be Afraid of Marked Down Prices!
When planning your week, check a store’s website or app to see the food on sale and what would make for delicious eating. Sale foods aren’t bad or spoiled – they might be discontinued products or close to their sell-by dates, but they’re perfectly safe. For instance, Diet & Wellness has a dedicated Sale Products section of the site, making it easy for customers to find healthy products for less.
At Diet & Wellness Health Food Store, we try to make it both easy and cost-effective to eat a healthy diet! You’ll find a wide range of meal ingredients, prepared foods, and healthy options on sale.