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Eating Healthy on a Budget

September 9, 2015 by  
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Eating healthy on a budget is possible. By evaluating how you spend your food budget and what changes can be made, you will be eating healthier and cheaper in no time.

With a few smart choices, eating healthy on a budget can be done. First evaluate how you spend your money on food. Are you purchasing unnecessary items? How often are you eating out? Many people think that eating healthy is expensive. But when you cut out the money you spend on junk and restaurants, you can actually save money in the long run.

  • Eat out Less –  How often and where you eat out will determine how much money you can save. For example, eating fast food for lunch 5 days a week can cost $140 per month. Meals prepared at home can cost $60 per month. That is a savings of $80 per month per person! Eating out for dinner is even more costly. Some families eat out for dinner 2-3 times a week. At a mid-priced restaurant, a family of four will spend $80 on average. Eating out even twice a week would cost $640 a month. Home cooked meals cost on average $16 a meal. Cooking at home even one more day a week could save you $256 a month.
  • Cut out the junk – How much money do you spend on soda, chips, candy, cookies, processed foods, prepackaged meals? If you stop buying junk food, your body and wallet will thank you.
  • Use a grocery list – Plan your meals for the week and write out a grocery list. Now stick to your list! Grocery stores have foods conveniently placed all around the store to get you to spend more money. Not purchasing impulse buys will save you a lot of money.
  • Shop the perimeter of the store – The perimeter of the store is where you will find fresh groceries. If you fill up your cart with healthy fresh items you will have less room for processed foods and junk.
  • Cook large portions – You will save money and time by cooking large portions. Having leftovers that are quick and easy to warm up will make you more likely to eat at home instead of going to an expensive restaurant.  

Once you have evaluated how you spend your money and what you should do in the future, you can make better choices about how you spend your money.

  • Shop at discount stores – Warehouse and club stores offer great bargains on foods, especially if you are able to buy in bulk. One benefit of buying in bulk is that you can make many meals in advance and freeze them. When you need a fast and healthy meal just pull it out of the freezer and warm it up!
  • Shop at Farmers’ Markets – Local farmers often sell their fresh produce at markets for less than the stores charge. This will save you money and help out the local economy at the same time.
  • Purchase Generic Brands – Generic brands are better quality today than they have been in the past. Often times you get the same quality of product. You pay less because the generic brands don’t spend money on advertising, thus passing the savings on to you!

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