Eating Well On A Budget
Groceries are EXPENSIVE! Here’s some advice to help alleviate the high cost of food so that you can eat well on a budget in a cost-effective way.
Make a Budget & Prioritize Your Health
Making a budget will help you find ways to decrease your spending in other areas of your life to make room for any extra grocery costs you may incur.
Shop in Bulk for Grains, Legumes, Pasta, Nuts & Cereals
Make use of the bulk bins at your grocery store and only buy what you need.
Buy In Season and Local Foods
For cost savings, environmental factors, freshness, economic reasons, and just pure better taste, shop in-season and local when possible. If you buy enough of your favorite freezable fruits and veggies, you can enjoy them off-season too!
Substitute Meat for Non-Meat Protein Alternatives
The cost of meat can be expensive. Supplement your meat consumption on occasion for tofu, tempeh, beans, peas, chickpeas, and whole grains.
Shop Generic Branding
Generic brands are usually the same product but more affordable. Just be sure to check the label and make sure the ingredients are relatively the same.
Purchase Non-Perishables and Freezer Items on Sale
Stock up when you see your favorite items on sale.
Buy Meats & Cheese in Bulk or on Sale and Freeze Them
Grate your cheese and store it in the freezer in a ziplock bag. For meats, portion them into individual ziplock bags before freezing them. Make sure you get as much air out of the bag as possible before you seal it to avoid freezer burn.
Store Your Groceries Properly to Avoid Food Waste
Store your food properly so that you can avoid foods spoiling and going to waste.
Write a Grocery List Based on Your Recipes
Having a list will not only make you more efficient at the grocery store, but it can also help you save money. Just stick to your list and avoid impulse purchases. Print a Blank Grocery List here!
Buy Frozen Fruits & Vegetables
Frozen bags often have a higher yield for the same price as fresh.
Indulge a Bit Less
Ordering takeout, buying prepackaged food, and eating at restaurants is expensive and leads to unhealthy dietary habits. Try your best to mostly eat at home.
We hope you enjoyed these tips on eating well on a budget!
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