8 Smart Tips for Eating Healthy on a Super Tight Budget
Healthy food can be expensive and grocery shopping could be an overwhelming task to do especially when you have a very tight budget. Here we have compiled 8 sure-fire ways to help you to eat healthy without breaking the bank.
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Shop with a Full Stomach
This may seem the oldest rule for shopping but it is generally true. Eating before you shop will help you avoid impulsive buying and purchase items that you don’t actually need. In addition, shopping while hungry will lead you to buy food items with high calorie and fat content just because you crave for it as of the moment.
Buy Foods in Season
Purchase foods in season and save some bills in your wallet. Food items specifically fresh produce which are in season are sold cheaper in the local market. They are also in their highest quality and are very abundant. It is also the best time to prepare and cook recipes with ingredients in season and preserve and stock them in your fridge for future use. It is also a great time to experiment and try new recipes and rework on the old ones.
Purchase in Bulk
Large food packages are sold cheaper than their individual counterparts. Just see to it that you have available proper storage for the large volumes of food in your pantry. Also, foods available in bulk have longer shelf-life and expiration dates. Look for healthy foods in big discount stores and get the cheapest deals. Organic and natural foods available in the bulk section of grocery stores can offer up to 50 percent savings than packaged food products.
Opt for Canned Goods
Healthy canned products such as canned vegetables, beans, baby carrots, corn and mushroom are way cheaper than their fresh counterparts. More options such as healthy light soup, canned fruit juices, and tuna could also be stored for a long time in your pantry.
Go for Versatile Breads
Opt to buy versatile breads such as 100-calorie sandwich flats, tortillas (high-fiber) and English muffins which could be eaten alone or used in different recipes. You can stock them up and lengthen their shelf life by wrapping them in foil or plastic and store them in the fridge or freezer for a long time.
Save on Meat and Seafood
It is best to compare prices of fresh meat and seafood with their frozen and dried counterparts. Aside from the price, consider their frozen and dried counterparts depending on your need because fresh meat and seafood are not always available. The healthy recipes you will prepare might actually require the fresh ingredients but be versatile enough to consider using their preserved alternatives.
Bargain on Dairy
Choose dairy products that are low in fat and or fat free. There are plenty of options to choose from but most likely, you can get the best deal with the store-brand products for skimmed, fat free milk and variety of cheese and other dairy products. Also, choose alternative dairy products such as plain yogurts. They can be easily eaten as a snack, can be tossed into salads, parfaits and even smoothies.
Save on Coupons
Coupons are tickets that can be redeemed for discounts when purchasing certain products and can save you a lot of money when shopping. The trick is to check for special offers on websites of companies with products you like and fit your health needs. You can also visit other sites for latest deals, even some phone applications have it!
Follow these 8 tips and your way to achieving your health and fitness goals!