Quite a few of us are on the same boat here, eating healthy has become the new ‘trend’ because we see so much hurt, diseases and problems all around the world due to malnutrition. Those days are over. I am going to share with you a couple ways I have been able to overcome the fast food, unhealthy eating habits that I was accustomed to for many years.
When I talk about eating healthy I am not referring to organic foods because we all know that it’s much more expensive, I am talking about being more proactive in the sense of purchasing foods at their right time, cooking at home instead of buying meals that come with ingredients we can’t even pronounce and being more cautious with our spending.
Most of us are on tight budgets so here are six ways we can stay on track with our expenses along with putting nutritious food into our bodies.
1. In Season Foods
Not only is all produce tastier and more nutrient dense during their growing season, they also significantly reduce in price. Have you noticed the strawberries are not appreciated in the winter because of their weak and dull taste? But then summer time comes around; all of the sudden prices drop and taste increases. When produce is in season there are irresistible deals left and right, take advantage, my friends! Freezing can conserve fruits and vegetables for a longer period of time, don't let anything go to waste!
2. Buy from Local Farms
When purchasing from a local farm instead of a grocery store like Publix, Whole Foods, etc., you can more often than not save tons of money on fresh food that you couldn’t have gotten elsewhere. Other than just saving money, you also know exactly where and how the meats and vegetables were treated and grown just by talking to the farmer. One tip would be to go around the end of the day since the farmers don’t want any of their food to go to waste, so they might reduce the cost per items being sold.
Fresh is 110% better than prepackaged foods, I have been going to my local farm for quite some time now and I wouldn’t go back to a grocery store for vegetables like carrots, zucchini, and lettuce heads.
3. Buying in Bulk
Known money saver. Buying from Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale will reduce the number of trips to the grocery store to get your everyday food essentials, PLUS it is more economical per unit. It’s a win-win. Buying a big bag of almonds, protein bars, and other healthy snacks will assure that you will have something to eat when the mid-afternoon cravings hit. All of these wholesale stores have one yearly fee, but they give you a percentage back on your purchases all year round; which is more money in your pocket. On top of that, if you pay with your credit card you’ll receive cash back on that as well.
4. Meal Prep
Meal prep is a drag when it comes to mind but is it really? All it takes is cooking once or twice a week (depending on how fresh you want to eat your food), it’s a great way to keep you in line and create good eating habits. Southern Living and Ambitious Kitchen are two amazing sites I have found that help with meal prep ideas. There are meals that can be cooked and ready to eat in under 30 minutes.
5. Don’t Buy Pre-Cuts
Why buy pre-cuts when you get more bang for your bucks buying it whole? All grocery stores charge top rates for their chopping, mincing, and cutting. DIY at home! Fruits, vegetables, and meats are tempting to buy pre-cut but are they worth the price? Cutting up meats and vegetables before dinner adds maybe an extra 10-15 minutes to the cooking process. It is convenient to have it done for you and purchase it but since we are working on a budget, we need to be cautious with the spending.
Newspaper delivery has reduced quite a bit, we are now use to everything being digitized which has turned into a much easier way to keep track of deals and coupons in one place. Promo codes can also be found directly on the store sites as soon as you are checking out.