Do you want to start eating healthier without breaking the bank? Here are some tips for eating healthy on a budget.
Plan your meals
Plan your meals for the week ahead of time so that you know exactly what you need to buy. This can prevent you from making impulsive purchases and help you make the most of your budget. Impulsive buying can also happen if you go shopping while hungry–so have a snack beforehand to cut down on cravings. If you’re having a hard time planning some meals, look for recipes that use the ingredients you already have (or that are on sale at your local grocery store).
Stick to your list
Once you have your meals planned out, make a shopping list with only the items you need. This can help you avoid unhealthy, unnecessary purchases and keep you on your journey to eating healthy on a budget. Before making your list, be sure to check your pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what ingredients you already have on hand. In addition to saving you money, using ingredients you already have can reduce food waste.
If some of your meals have overlapping ingredients, buying in bulk can be a great way to save money– especially for items like rice, beans, and pasta. Sometimes there are even deals and discounts on bulk items.
Less-processed foods are another inexpensive option. This includes frozen fruits and vegetables–which means you can have your favorites, even when they’re out of season. Buying frozen fruits and vegetables can also mean a longer shelf, so you don’t have to worry about out-of-date foods going to waste.
Don’t shy away from generic
Generic brands are often just as good as name brands. They may even be made by the same manufacturers as name-brand products or contain the same ingredients. This means that the quality of the product can be similar (or even identical to the name-brand item). Generic brands also offer a wide variety of products, which can be especially useful if you have dietary restrictions or preferences.
Ultimately, whether or not you should buy generic brands depends on your personal preferences. But if cost savings is a priority for you, then buying generic brands might be a good option to consider.
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