9 Ways Of Eating Healthy On A Tight Budget
It is well known fact that healthy food is kind of expensive. However, with some tweaks here and there you can buy healthy stuff even on a tight budget!
1) Save money at the grocery store
In order to save at the grocery store, you need to make sure that you plan your meals so that you purchase only what you need. Stick to your grocery list when at the store.
It is quite easy to get carried away at the grocery store and end up buying expensive stuff. First try purchasing products from the perimeter of the store as this will fill your cart with wholesome foods. The middle of the store has unhealthy stuff and processed junk. At these aisles, pick products from the top or bottom of the shelves as expensive items are most often placed at the eye level.
The most important thing to remember is to never shop on an empty stomach. You will end up picking things on impulse.
2) Prepare meals at home
If you have a tight budget, avoid eating out. Cooking at home is a lot cheaper! The money that feeds 2 people at a restaurant can feed 4 people when a meal is cooked at home! Also, cooking your own meals makes you aware of what all is there in your food and it is definitely going to be a lot healthier than outside meals.
Also, try cooking larger portions, like cooking once for the whole day. This will save your time as well as money!
3) Purchase whole foods
Some foods are a lot cheaper when they are in a less processed form. For instance, cheese blocks are cheaper than shredded cheese, corn cobs are cheaper than corn kernels. Whole grains like oats and brown rice are cheaper than processed cereals. Usually foods that are less processed is sold in larger quantities provides more servings per pack.
4) Avoid buying junk food
When you stop eating junk food, you will stay healthy and it will also be good for your pocket. You will be surprised to know how much you are paying for soda, crackers, cookies, processed foods and pre-packaged meals. You can instead spend the same amount on higher quality foods that are good for health.
5) Buy healthy stuff that is on sale
If your favourite food product or staple food is on sale, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity. Things like a pack of oats with a buy one get one free offer should not be missed :P. The only thing you need to make sure is that it doesn’t get expired sitting on your kitchen self. So, buy bulk of only that food, which you will use up fast or else it is just a waste of money.
6) Eat other protein instead of meat
If you cut down on your consumption of meat, you can save a good amount of money. I don’t mean that you should completely remove meat from your diet, just reduce its consumption a bit. You can get proteins from legumes and eggs instead. Both of them are nutritious and legumes also have long shelf life.
7) Buy seasonal fruits and veggies
Purchasing local fruits and veggies is usually cheaper. Fresh produce is high in nutrients too. Fruits and veggies that are not in season are usually transported from one part of the globe and that isn’t good for the environment or your monthly budget.
8) Purchase in bulk
Buying certain foods in bulk amounts can help save a lot of money. Grains like rice, wheat, oats are all available in bulk amounts. You just need to store them properly. The same goes for lentils, beans, nuts and dried fruit.
9) Grow your own fruits and veggies
You get seeds at very cheap rates and with a little time and effort, you can grow your own herbs, tomatoes and onions. If you have a garden, you can plant fruit trees like guava, mango, lemon and many others. There is nothing as nutritious as plucking from the tree and eating a fruit even if it takes years for the tree to grow.
So many ways of eating healthy on a tight budget!
Do try the above,
Hope this post was useful!
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