The biggest complaint I hear from just about everyone is that “Healthy eating is so expensive”. Therefore, most do not eat healthy. Yes, it can be very expensive but, consider how much money you will spend later in life for hospital stays, monthly medicines, wheelchairs etc.
So, spend the money NOW and live a life with less worry of the future. I am going to give you tips to lower the cost of healthy eating.
EAT MORE CHICKEN
First, eat more chicken. Chicken is less expensive then hamburger or red meat. A family package of chicken will give you at least 2 meals verses one with just a pound of hamburger. Chicken is better for you too. Consider boneless, skinless, chicken breast.
Not everyone looks to pork as a healthy alternative. Like chicken, pork is less expensive then red meat. Find a lean cut, drop it in a bowl of olive oil and your favorite spices, throw it on the grill or oven and BAM you have a healthy start to a tasty meal.
CUT COUPONS AND WATCH FOR SALES
Watch your stores ads for healthy items on sale. I have noticed my grocery store is offering healthier items on sale more now then ever. Cutting coupons or adding coupons to your Kroger card will help you save on healthier foods and gas!! That is a win in my books. Once you start buying healthier food your grocery will start to give you coupons on the items you buy most. The more you buy the more you save.
Sometimes you can find individual snack items on clearance. This is a great way to “test out” if you like an item or not.
Another thing to look for which some may skip this tip all together but, check your expiration dates. If you buy salad and will have it eaten by the end of the week. I suggest getting a bag that is almost expired. It will be cheaper and if it looks good it will still taste good. I get it, some are grossed about this one. This will save a few dollars.
This is a perfect way to get quality veggies and fruit without all the pesticides. Fresh and right in your home town keeps the cost down. Plus, you are fueling your community’s economy.
Check your town to see when they offer the market. Most, will sell honey. A tablespoon of honey daily from your area will help with seasonal allergies.
GROW YOUR OWN
Just as the farmers market is a good source of heathy eats so is your own back yard. You can make it a family affair and get everyone involved. Learn “canning” and you can have fresh veggies in the winter. Growing your own is more than just having veggies or fruit. There is something amazing when you get your hands dirty. The connection with the earth is refreshing and relaxing. The pride on your child’s face when you start to see the results of their labors is priceless. It is inexpensive to get started just, a little work.
BUY IN BULK
Buying in bulk saves you the money for sure. Costco is a great place to get snacks and huge bags of chicken for less. The produce is refrigerated to help keep it fresh longer. So, consider getting a membership and enjoy the money you are saving.
Another way to save money is to split a membership with a friend and BOTH families will enjoy the benefits.
Remember you don’t have to buy grain feed, organic, hamburger to be healthy. (You can but, you are trying to save money.) Look for sales in the healthy isles too. You may be surprised.
I hope this gives you a better understand of how you can eat healthy and stay on budget. For more great tips and recipes visit my website.
I would like to know how you eat healthy without breaking the bank. Comment on my blog. I would love to connect with you.