Eating healthy can at times feel as if it is more of a drain on your pockets financially than eating semi-healthy or processed foods. The cost of healthy food shouldn’t be a financial burden on you.
The major key to saving money while shopping for healthy foods isn’t just price checking and going to the right stores. It starts with changing your overall lifestyle. Start by changing your mindset, and doing simple things, and it will make adapting a full lifestyle change much easier.
Make a meal plan weekly and grocery list
In order to save on the foods you need, you have first figure out what you need to buy first. By planning out a list this allows you to have a clear and defined plan when you go into the grocery store. This makes sure that you only purchase the items that you need, and will help you avoid impulse buying.
If you can price shop/compare using weekly circulars in advance, you will know which stores have sales on the items you need and which ones don’t. Of course, no one likes driving from store to store to grocery shop, but there will have to be some extra effort on your part to make sure you are saving and getting the best deals. Also, make sure that the fruits and veggies you purchase are in season. They will typically cost much less than those that are not.
Think outside the box
Try adding more meatless meals to your diet. Expanding where you get your protein and other healthy fats will help you save as they are often much more affordable than meat.
Buy in bulk
There are some items that you can save on if you purchase in bulk. By non-perishable staples in bulk that way you aren’t having to purchase them as often as you would as other items.
Buy discounted items
Discounted items in grocery stores are often still good within a few items of the expiration date. If you know that you are going to eat/cook these items relatively soon, purchase these.
My husband is a genius when it comes to taking left overs and making multiple different meals from them. Store them properly to ensure they last, and don’t be afraid to play around with creative recipes.
Cut out sugary sweets
Add more water to your diet. Sugary drinks such as sodas and juices can be quiet expensive; even if they are on sale for .99, that can add up over a period of time. Drink more water and save extra cash.
Avoid unnecessary trips to the store
Try and purchase everything you need in one trip. Spur of the moment shopping trips usually excess money being spent and buying items that you don’t need (i.e. junk food).
Your local farmer’s market will often offer a wider variety of fruits and vegetables at lower prices, rather than the grocery store. Check out the market in your area and see what they have to offer.
Don’t be afraid to try something new
It doesn’t hurt to try out a variety of new foods. Certain vegetables are cheaper than others, if you aren’t a big fan of salads, try fruit salads. Come up with creative ways to introduce new foods to your diet.