Eat Healthy and Save Pennies
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive. With a little nutritional know–how, careful planning and smart shopping, you can plan healthy meals without spending a fortune. Read these tips to help you balance your budget as well as your diet.
- Writing a weekly menu plan can help avoid wasting money on impulse buys and unnecessary items.
- Write a list before you go shopping — and stick to it.
Don't be afraid of frozen or canned fruits and vegetables
Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables tend to cost less and still provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Fruits and vegetables that are frozen within days of harvest can actually have better nutrition than fresh produce that has been picked a week or so before you buy and eat it. Choose frozen varieties without added seasonings, sauces, or sugar and rinse canned varieties to lower sodium by around 40%. Learn more about canned or frozen fruits and vegetables.
Choose Seasonal Produce
Make the most of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Not only are they cheaper, they’re also fresher.
Avoid foods such as canned tomatoes with herbs and garlic. It’s much cheaper to add a pinch of dried herbs to a can of regular tomatoes.
Take advantage of special offers, but only on products you know you’ll use. Compare prices. Most supermarkets now list prices per ounce to make it easier.
Lean on Me
Although lean meat is more expensive than fatty cuts, it has a much better nutritional value. Buy lean meat and stretch dishes like shepherd’s pie or lasagna by adding vegetables, beans or lentils.
Sprinkle and Mix It
Extend your cereal box by topping salads and casseroles, mixing with other cereals, or stirring into yogurt.