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Eating healthy is important it supplies your body with quality nutrients and energy to get the job done.
A lot of people on lower incomes and tight budgets purchase meals of mac and cheese, processed foods and minimal healthy food item. Why because lets face it quality food costs money, but it is worth every cent in keeping your family happy and healthy.
With the goal in helping you keep your family healthy, happy and eating quality food I have put together a list of 20 tips to eating healthy on a budget. Try one or try all twenty, my goal is to get you to eat healthier, be happier and stay on budget.
- Buy your fresh produce in season. Can it, freeze it, store it for later.
- Cook once and eat twice. Embrace your left overs.
- Shop local. Farmers markets and farm to table stores have amazing deals.
- Buy bulk. Stock up on rice, whole grains, produce and meats. Divide and store for later.
- Prepare a few meatless meals. Vegetarian dishes are cheaper to prepare than meat dishes.
- Embrace your crockpot. You can prepare cheaper cuts of meat and a wide variety of foods in your crockpot and save time and money.
- Checkout your local ethnic market for cheaper food ideas.
- Make your bread, snacks and meals from scratch.
- Try marinating, spicing and flavouring your own foods versus buying processed prepared meals.
- Plan, plan and plan. Plan your meals for the week, plan your grocery list and plan when you shop. Don’t shop while you are hungry.
- Look for sales on vegetables, fruits, meats and healthy snack items.
- Buy ingredients, not products.
- Support your local CSA produce or meat buying programs. Get quality produce and meat for reasonable prices.
- Cut out the extras and cook the basics.
- Grow your own food.
- Stop buying canned beverages. Purchase a refillable container and drink lots of water.
- Eat breakfasts for dinner. Breakfast foods are cheaper than most dinner foods.
- Pack a homemade lunch.
- Eat beans and rice based meals.
- Buy cheaper options. Substitute cheaper meat and produce items into your meal plans and save.
For more great money saving healthy meal ideas checkout these freezer meal ideas, crockpot meals and $5 cheap meal ideas. Don’t go grocery shopping without a plan, a meal plan and a grocery list. Keep your budget in mind, shop with grocery only funds and look for deals. Eating healthy on a budget can be done.
Have an amazing day.