Healthy Eating on a Budget
1) Plan exactly what you’re going to eat for the week before you go buy groceries.
Knowing what you need for the week will help keep you from buying snacks and foods impulsively AND will keep you from overspending.
2) Look at weekly grocery ads and clip coupons that come in the mail.
Finding out who has good deals on items you consistently buy & using what useful coupons you may find in your mailbox will save you some money on every shopping trip.
3) Buy in bulk
Some food items last a long time and are cheaper to buy in bulk than in “regular” quantities. Cooking oils, rice, fruits and vegetables, and even meat and poultry are sold in bulk at some super stores. Sometimes, your regular grocery store may offer a good item in bulk. Make sure that you only purchase in bulk the items that you know will not end up being thrown away for lack of usage. If your family does not eat a lot of apples, don’t buy a big box of them. You’ll end up having to throw away the rotten ones, & will have wasted money.
4) Make your own
Some foods, sold “prepared” at grocery stores, are cheaper (and easy) to make at home. Items such as oatmeal and rice are good examples. Making things at home can also potentially mean eating healthier versions of different items.
5) Cook once for the entire week
Plan out your menu for the week and spend an afternoon cooking everything on it. This way, all you have to do is warm up your food after a long day at work. You’ll also resist the temptation to stop at a fast-food place or restaurant at the end of the day because you’re too tired to cook. Here, you save both your wallet and your waistline.
6) Make use of recipe sites
Some food websites contain a section dedicated entirely to healthy cooking. The section not only provides great suggestions for interesting and delicious meals, but also provides budget and time-friendly recipes for those who need them most.
Checkout the USDA Choose My Plate website, www.choosemyplate.gov. It offers useful information and tips.