It can be difficult to eat well when you’re on a tight budget. However, the notion that healthy food is always more expensive than unhealthy food is not true – you just need to know the tips & tricks.
Good news: I’m here to share those with you!
Plan your meals
This is an obvious one – but it’s so easy to get sidetracked in the grocery store that I had to mention it. Plan out all of your meals before grocery shopping and stick to the list. Also make sure to scan all your cabinets and the fridge to see which of those foods are already in the house, it’s usually more than you think!
Cook in your own kitchen
Eating out can be expensive. You can feed an entire family of four for the same price as buying one meal at a restaurant, even when it doesn’t feel like a bad deal. By cooking yourself, you also gain the advantage of knowing exactly what’s in your food, which can be helpful if you’re trying to eat healthier in general.
Buy whole foods
It won’t come as a surprise to you that some foods are way cheaper when they aren’t processed. Whole grains, like brown rice and oats, are usually cheaper per serving than most processed cereals. You can often also buy them in larger quantities.
Buy generic brands
If the ingredients are the same or better, buy generic brands. There is no reason to spend an extra 50 cents (it adds up!) to buy a name brand because all manufacturers are held to the same standards.
Replace meat with other proteins
Fresh meat can be expensive, so eating less meat will definitely save you some money. The environment will thank you as well. Try replacing meat once or twice a week with other sources of protein, like eggs, hemp seeds or (canned) fish. These are cheap but healthy sources of protein.
Buy in bulk
Tons of staple foods are available in bulk. Think grains, such as brown rice, millet, barley, and oats. These foods also stay fresh for a long time, as long as you store them correctly.
Grow your own produce
It’s actually pretty fun! Seeds are very cheap to buy, and with some effort, you can grow your own herbs, vegetables, and fruits. You will have a continuous supply of fresh foods available – probably more than you can eat!
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