Let’s admit it………….
Eating well on a budget is no easy task. Especially in today’s hard economic times. Buying a week’s worth of groceries used to be a breeze, and now you pinch every penny you can. For a singleton or a family, eating a balanced and nutritional diet can be problematic when the best foods are the most expensive foods. It might be tough, but it doesn’t have to be terrible. With a little know-how, you can navigate cooking and consuming confidently. Here are ten healthy tips to eating well on a budget:
Eat More Beans and Grains:
These healthy carbs will fuel your body like protein, but remain a driving force throughout your day and cost next to nothing for each serving.
Buy in Bulk:
Buying one roll of paper towels can cost you a few dollars. Purchasing a package of 12 or 24 will only run you back an addition buck or two. When at all possible buy in bulk, you’ll save instantly.
If there’s a farmer’s market nearby, skip the produce section at your supermarket and investigate what is freshly available. This cuts out the middle man and stimulates your local economy.
Don’t send the kids to school with money every day for a tray of questionable food. Pack a healthy and well rounded lunch. This counts for adults too!
When something has been left over from dinner, save it and think of ways to refuse it. Rice can be turned into fried rice, meatloaf can transform into meat sauce. This will make your money and time well spent.
Create Order Out Foods:
The biggest expense for busy families is eating out. Sometimes you just can’t beat that authentic flavor, but when you have the time, give it a try in your own kitchen. Homemade pizza or asian foods will cost less than if you ordered out.
Eat Vegetarian Once a Week:
Meat is the most expensive item in the store. Cut it out of your budget at least once a week by preparing vegetarian meals. This doesn’t require tofu, just a meal without meal. Try veggie spaghetti or return to the tip about using more beans.
Buying foods out of season will burn a hole in your wallet. But if you stick to what’s in season, it will be cheaper and a smaller monetary burden.
Preserve When Available:
In the spring and summer when produce is plentiful, take advantage of those sales and buy extra. Make your own jams, salsas and other preserves and store them away for the scarce winter months.
Grow Your Own:
Along with eating locally, nothing gets more local than your backyard. Plant some vegetables (or fruits, location dependent) that you or your family eat weekly to save more money. A pack of seeds costs around a dollar and might supply you for the entire harvest.