In today’s economy eating healthy for many of us is not a top priority when we have a tight budget. Meal planning and grocery shopping can be challenging and sometimes downright overwhelming with most healthy food choices are more expensive than food that is usually not as healthy. This has prompted me to share five tips we can all use to eat healthy on a tight budget.
- Make Your Food Budget Go Farther:
Nowadays it can be difficult to stretch your “food dollars” if you don’t understand how to budget. The great thing that we all have access to is the internet where there are discount and coupons that we can all use to find bargains. Many online retailers carry the same brands seen in grocery stores for discounted prices. This is sometimes unpublicized, but is a great way to eat healthier and stick to our budget.
- Cook at Home:
This is an easy and much cheaper option than eating out at a restaurant or fast-food establishment. Generally, when we cook at home we can cook for a family of four for the same price as buying dinner for two at a restaurant. Also by cooking for ourselves we gain the benefit of knowing what’s exactly in our food.
- Try Less Expensive Cuts of Meat:
We can still enjoy meat, even when we’re on a tight budget. Look for less expensive cuts of meat, like chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts, and try different cooking methods, like the slow cooker, to make tougher cuts of meat tender and juicy. Also try to cook with a little less seasonings and drain the excess fat on your meat.
- Prioritize Eating Healthy:
This is probably the most important but underlooked keys when eating healthy on a budget. The fact of the matter is many of us don’t make eating healthy a priority when it comes to our finances. Once we first make a budget then take a look at how we are spending our money and consider what things are important to us. Then we will be on the right track to a healthier life.
- Shop Local:
There is a huge misconception that buying a your local farmer’s market can be extremely expensive than buying food from grocery stores I.e. Wal-Mart, Target and Kroger’s. This is typically not the case, especially if you are willing to buy in bulk and can, dry, or freeze the foods you purchase. When you buy in bulk you can not only save money but have a healthier food that you and your body will appreciate.
In the end eating healthy on budget can be problematic, but done properly can be achieved. Do you have any tips that you use to eat healthy? I would love to hear them in the comments below and if you enjoyed this post please share!
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