Eating Healthy On a Budget
May 9th, 2011
If you are on a budget, do not despair. It is possible to create tasty and mouthwatering dishes on an everyday basis with a little bit of planning and ingenuity. Here are some ideas and tips to save money while grocery shopping without compromising on the health and nutrition of your family.
1) Determine what your food budget is for the week. If you don't already maintain a household budget, that would actually be the first place to start. Purchase your items with CASH to ensure that you don't go over budget.
2) Make a menu plan for every meal for the entire family for the entire week (including snacks) - following the next five suggestions. Check out my Healthy Meal Planning page for helpful tips and ideas.
3)Take inventory of the food that you already have (refrigerator, pantry, counter, etc.), taking special note of items that are about to expire, or non-food items that you are running low on. Remember that leftovers make great meals too!
4) Check the local grocery store ads and coupon mailers for what foods are on sale.
5) Know what foods are in season. Out of season foods are more expensive and they lack the flavor as those that are in season.
6) Cut back on processed food. Prepackaged food comes with a higher price tag, and is high in refined sugar and fats.
7) Limit the number of times you go out to eat. If you do plan on eating out, make sure you include that in your menu plan as well. Check out my Healthy Dining page for helpful tips and ideas.
8) Make a detailed shopping list including quantities, sizes, and use of coupons.
9) Chose the right time to shop. NEVER shop when you are hungry (you will run into the danger of purchasing foods that are not on your list).
10) When at the store, stick to your shopping list and do not get sidetracked by the attractive display of processed food items. Do not give in to temptation, and make impulsive purchases like a pricey salad dressing or barbecue sauce which you can easily make at home.
11) Search out store brands whenever possible. Sometimes a name brand can be as much as 50% more than the store brand.
12) Buy in bulk as it makes sense for your needs. For instance, if space is a factor in your home, it may not be wise to purchase a case of 50 rolls of toilet paper, even if it did save you a few dollars.
13) Stick to your menu plan. This will save you money and cut down on unnecessary waste.
Healthy eating on a budget is not that difficult to do. With a little creativity and planning, the savings will quickly add up!
(From the article, "Eating Healthy on a Budget")