9 Tips On Eating Healthy Without Going Over Your Budget

Tips That Make Eating Healthy A Breeze

With the economic situation in the world being what it is, it's essential to find ways of eating healthy on a budget. It's possible to purchase foods that are good for you and your budget; you merely have to plan to get the best food you can for the money you have available. Here are some tips for eating healthy without going over your budget.

1Make A Meal Plan

Find the sales ads for each of the grocery stores in your area and decide on your meals for the coming week ahead of time. Plan and choose what to eat carefully. Stick to healthy foods that are within your budget.

2Stick To Your Grocery List

After you've planned your meals, write down everything you need for each meal. Check your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator to see if you already have some of the items. Make your grocery list and determine to stick with it! Include what you'll need for drinks, snacks, and desserts. Remember your ingredients for preparation, such as butter, flour, sugar, and spices and replenish cleaning supplies.

3Save And Clip Coupons

Coupons are helpful if you know how to use them wisely. Leave the coupons that you don't need at home. Doing so prevents you from spending on items that you don't need.

4Eat A Snack Before Buying Groceries

Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach because you're more likely to buy items that look good rather than those on your list. If you can't go to the store right after a meal, take along a light snack to help you resist temptation while in the store. Buy items on the perimeter of the store first because these items are the healthiest choices. These items include fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy items; the center items are processed or convenience foods. Not only are they more expensive, but they aren't healthy.

5Look For In-Season Fruits and Vegetables

In-season fruits and vegetables will often be cheaper than non-seasonal choices. While you're looking at the fruits and vegetables, see if there are any sales on these healthy, nutrient-rich foods. Choose large bags rather than individual pieces of fruit. The larger bags are often cheaper by the pound.

6Buy Store Or Generic Brands

There usually isn't much difference in the way the foods taste. However, you can see a difference in the price. Generic brands tend to be cheaper, so stick to those if possible.

7Make Your Own Snacks

Make snacks for your family's time away from home. Rather than allowing them to purchase food from vending machines, pack them some healthy snacks. Fresh fruit and vegetable sticks with dip are much healthier than the bags of chips or crackers that come from the machines.

8Eat At Home

Whenever possible, make your food from scratch and eat it at home. Not only will this give you more control over what your family eats, but it can also save you a considerable amount of money. Eating out also encourages overeating because portion sizes are massive.

9Always Drink Healthy

Finally, when eating healthy on a budget, don't forget to think about what you're drinking. Expensive, sugar-laden drinks are the bane of your budget and counter-productive to healthy eating. Look for 100% pure juices, drink low-fat milk, drink more water, and cut out soft drinks.

Having a plan and sticking to it can help you get more food at less cost and allow you to prepare better, more healthy meals. If you follow these tips, you'll soon discover the joys of healthy eating, and you'll save money in the process. You may have to spend some extra time preparing food, but the benefits are astounding!

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John Quintana

John Quintana is a proud Cuban, a lifelong resident of Miami, Florida, where he lives surrounded by a loving family. When he's not writing, he spends his time either fishing or in the kitchen.