I hear all the time “I can’t afford to eat healthy”.

eat healthy on a budget |Misty Shaheen

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. But it does require some planning and preparation.

Your health is essential but there are a few ways to cut corners.

1. Plan ahead your meals and snacks.

Planning your meals for the week can save you time and money. Taking a few minutes each night or one evening a week to prep your day’s/week’s meals will be helpful, saving you from running through the drive-thru in between meetings, at work.

Can you imagine coming home from work and already knowing what’s for dinner?

2. Only buy things on your grocery list.

Have a plan of action when you walk into the grocery store. Make a list of everything you need and don’t stray from the list.

The grocery stores know we are emotional buyers and have their displays set up to tempt buyers.

Don’t fall for it and save as much as 20% on your grocery bill, every week.

3. Skip the name brands.

I used to be the one to never give up my name brand names, but I have since learned better.

A lot of times, the generic brand is made by the same company, with a different label!!

After I started shopping at Aldis, I found the generic brands are just as good, but at a deep discount.

4. Buy in bulk.

Buy pantry staples in bulk; these are items you want to have on hand at all times and use frequently.

Some of these may include grains, nuts, seeds, flours, and spices.

Places like a wholesale club, Amazon’s Grocery & Gourmet Food or Thrive Market can save you a great deal.

5. Structure your meals so you are using the same ingredients in multiple recipes.

It is cost effective to use the same ingredients for multiple recipes/meals.
Lots of vegetables, like tomatoes, spinach, zucchini, and broccoli are some examples.

These ingredients can be used in breakfasts, salads, soups and pastas to vary taste and textures.

Do you buy groceries local or online?



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