One of the biggest problems people have when they want to start eating healthy is the price. It’s hard for people to justify spending money of fruit and vegetables when you can get a big pizza for really cheap. But healthy eating does not have to be as expensive as you would think. Here we have some top tips for eating healthy on a budget.
Set a Shopping Budget
The best way to stop spending more than you want on food and buying unhealthy items is to have a monthly food budget and make sure you stick to it! Once you have worked out what is a reasonable budget for you. Then you can work out what to buy each week when you go grocery shopping. If you over spend a little one week, you then can adjust your shopping budget for the next week to compensate.
Know What Your Meals For The Week Are
By planning on what your meals will be for the week. You know before you go shopping exactly what you want to buy. It also puts you in complete control of your healthy eating habits as well. By sticking to eating the meals you have planned you will be far more likely to stick to the items that are on your shopping list.
Never Go Food Shopping When Hungry!!!!
The sure fire way to fill up your shopping cart with expensive food that is not good for you is to go shopping when you are hungry. Have an apple, banana or some other healthy snack just before you go shopping.
Compare Prices & Make Smart Decisions
If there are two brands of a can of beans for example do not just look at the prices look at how much is in the tin as well. If you are trying to eat healthy on a budget then you simply must get used to comparing prices and getting the biggest bang for your buck. Always get as much as you can for as little as possible. Some times it’s better to pay a little extra for something that has far more than something cheaper with less.
Look for Coupons
The day before you go grocery shopping take some time to look online and see if your local store has any deals or coupons you can take advantage. Also if there is a particular brand you love then check their official website and see if they are offering any coupons. A few pennies saved on one item of food can be used for another. There are a ton of websites out there dedicated to coupons so look at them and see if you can take advantage.
Know What To And Not To Buy In Bulk
Buying in bulk is a great way to save money….. in theory. For example if there is a great deal of say a whole bunch of cans of beans then take advantage of it as they will keep for ages. But buying vegetables or fruit in bulk is 99/100 a huge mistake as more often than not the food goes bad before you get a chance to eat it.