You may think that eating healthy would put a serious dent in your bank account. Organic foods are expensive, no doubt, but there are ways that you can eat a healthier diet and save money at the same time. When you can improve both your well-being and your bottom line, is there any reason not to give it a try?
1. Reduce Your Red Meat Intake
One quick way to eat healthy on a budget is to reduce or eliminate your red meat intake. Of course, if you’re a red meat fan, you don’t have to cut it out it entirely, but by replacing it with other options – especially fresh fruits and vegetables – you can most certainly save some cash.
2. Buy From a Farmers’ Market
If you decide to dine more on fruits and veggies, definitely look for a farmers’ market in your area. Even if it requires a decent drive, visiting a farmers’ market or farm stand offers great savings. They typically offer a wider variety of produce than a supermarket and the quality is oftentimes better.
3. Clip Coupons
Clipping coupons is always a great idea to save money on groceries. Purchase an extra copy of the Sunday paper to increase the amount of coupons you can clip, and file your coupons according to expiration date so you won’t let any expire. Find out when your preferred grocer doubles coupons, and shop on that day.
4. Buy in Bulk
When you see a deal on a healthy food item, stock up. Pasta, whole grain foods, and dried beans often go on sale, so you can boost your savings by purchasing in bulk. However, you’ll have to organize the fridge and pantry so your extra food doesn’t spoil. Be careful when stocking up on produce, and make sure what you buy will be used before it goes bad.
5. Eat In-Season Foods
In my neck of the woods, the price for fresh berries shoots up during the winter months, so I tend to avoid those. Figure out which items are priced most attractively throughout the year, and tailor you diet toward these food items. It just doesn’t make good budget sense to buy asparagus in the dead of winter when it costs more than $5 per pound. To find out which foods are in-season in your state, consult the website EatWellGuide.
The average monthly grocery bill for a typical household costs around $700 – so if you can reduce that expense and improve your health at the same time, you’re getting a dual benefit. Open your mind and try some different foods, and before you know it, you’ll be in better shape both physically and financially.
What other ways can you think of to eat healthy on a budget?
David Bakke writes about topics including health and wealth on the popular blog, Money Crashers Personal Finance.