With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time for us to come up with our New Year’s resolutions. A very popular one is to be healthier, which involves exercising and eating healthier.
I have started my New Year diet a little early. I figure if I can keep a diet through the holiday season, doing it for a year would be easy.
Unfortunately, eating healthy can be much more expensive than eating normal food. I did some research and got creative with my diet to keep costs low.
Here are some tips for eating healthy on a budget.
Shop at Discount Stores
There are a few stores we frequent when we are grocery shopping. The store we visit the most is Wal-Mart. It has everything that we need and the prices are pretty low. Plus, with their new grocery pick-up, you don’t even need to step inside. With us having an infant now, this is super convenient.
Another store we visit fairly often is Sam’s Club, which is a membership store like Costco. This is where we get all of our bulk items. Additionally, their produce is high quality and inexpensive on a per unit basis.
Saving at the Store
Buy unprocessed foods – All junk food is processed food. Just stay away. Instead, buy unprocessed food in bulk. The overall cost is much lower than the cost buying processed foods.
Buy cheap protein – Eggs, beans, and peanut butter seem to be some of the favorites in this category, but there are others, like canned tuna that give you quality protein at a low price.
Buy frozen fruits and veggies – This is a very cost-effective way to buy your fruits and vegetables. These foods go bad so quickly. Having them frozen and eating them at your convenience helps you get your monies worth.
Buy in bulk – The cost of buying in bulk is higher upfront but is much cheaper on a per unit basis. You buy more at one time so you don’t have to buy as frequently.
Buy generic – The name brand is almost always more expensive than the generic store brand and most of the time, the store brand is just as good.
Other Ways to Save on Groceries
Drink tap water – Bottled water can get expensive, especially if you are drinking the recommended daily amount. This could add up to four bottles per day.
Use coupons – To some, it may seem like an old-fashioned practice, but it is super effective in saving you money. I worked at a Walgreens in high school and we had a customer come in every once and a while, and she was a professional couponer. I remember she bought a year’s worth of shampoo in one transaction because it was on sale and she had a coupon for each bottle. She only paid a few dollars for all of them. It was amazing!
Apps – There are hundreds of apps out there designed to help save you money. Check out my post here to learn more about apps that can help save you some dough.
Make a garden – The upfront cost of starting a garden can be expensive, but growing your own vegetables will prove to be beneficial for both your diet and your finances.
Don’t eat out – Eating out is super expensive and can be very unhealthy. Stay in and make an affordable, healthy dinner instead. Your wallet and your body will thank you.
Meal plan – Plan out your week’s meals every Sunday. This forces you to make healthy meals for yourself and makes you put things on a list. Go to the grocery store with your list and stick to it!
Stock up on Sales – When things you know you use go on sale, stock up! Buy the most you can when the price is low.
Here are 20 recipes I found on Budget Bytes. I have to tell you, I am pretty picky so a lot of these I probably wouldn’t make, but they break down the recipes real well and give you the cost right away. All of these dishes are super affordable.
Plus, what an awesome name for a site designed to save you money on your meals!
Eating healthy is a common goal every New Year. Unfortunately, a healthy diet usually has a higher price tag associated with it. Use some of these tips this year to keep yourself and your finances healthy.
So readers, what’s a healthy food you eat that doesn’t cost a lot?