Who doesn’t like to eat healthy?
Unfortunately, not all of us feel that we can afford to eat healthy. For example, a box of cereal costs almost double when it is labeled ‘organic’. Does it mean that you can’t eat healthy while being on a budget?
No! You need to shop a bit smarter, eat what is seasonal and look for bargains. Here are a few tricks to save money on your groceries, and eat healthier as well.
1. Buy from the farmers
The price of organic foods increases by leaps and bounds when they need to be shipped from far off producers. You can buy direct from growers at local farmers markets. You should also check to see if there are any community based agriculture groups in your area that offer direct from farmer programs.
2. Look for deals and coupons
Most supermarkets offer weekly ads and coupons. Check out these deals and stock up on these items. For meat products invest in a meal saver to break down larger packages and store them.
Look for manufacture coupons and save those for products that you regularly purchase. Also check at your supermarket, many stores double coupon values on certain days.
3. Go seasonal
When it comes to fruits and veggies, make a seasonal choice. If you try to eat pomegranate or tangerines during summer and raspberries or blueberries in the winter, it will cost you much more. So, know what is the food for which season and buy the right ones at the right time. Some products like blueberries are actually more nutritious when purchased frozen. Check the brand for production processes.
4. Buy in bulk
When it comes to hopping into the grocery store and buying your basic needs, fill your bags completely! When you will buy in bulk, you can really save money by purchasing in larger packages. However if it is an item that may go bad quickly, avoid the bulk option to eliminate waste.
In doing so, you will get a hefty discount. Above that, you can cook a large batch and store in the refrigerator. It will allow you to eat nutritiously at any time.
5. Eat green
No! I am not asking you to become a vegan. Instead, you can limit eating meat to just once or twice a week. It will not only save your money but also make your meal a bit more healthy. Meat is the most expensive thing that you can find in any restaurant. On the contrary, leafy greens are way cheaper!
Cooking at home is not only less expensive but it can also be healthy.Save eating out for special occasions or for enjoying food not easily prepared at home. A trip to a fast food restaurant can cost you $10.00. For the same amount you can purchase the fixings for a great salad and eat for several days- without all the additives in the fast food entree’s.
So, this is how you can save money while eating healthy. Aren’t the aforementioned tips astounding enough? So, don’t wait any more! Just go for them and thus you will end up saving remarkably.