There is a common misconception that eating healthy is too costly. With preparation, discipline and a little bit of creativity, choosing healthier food options can actually save you money. Check out the following tips for eating healthy on a strict budget:
- Create a budget for groceries. Food can get expensive fast—figure out how much money you are willing to spend on groceries every week, or month.
- Plan out your meals for the week. Knowing what’s for dinner every night can keep you out of the drive-thru lines and on a consistent schedule.
- Make a grocery list. This helps you stay within your budget and avoid purchasing unnecessary products.
- Look for coupons and sale items. Before going to the store, look for any sales or valuable coupons that could save you money.
- Eat a light snack before grocery shopping. When you shop on an empty stomach, you are more likely to purchase excess food that can run up your grocery bill.
- Use cash when buying groceries. Paying your grocery budget in cash can help you be more conscious of what you’re spending.
- Purchase fresh foods when possible.Fresh ingredients are often cheaper, more filling and have greater health benefits than processed or canned foods.
- Learn to love your leftovers. When cooking dinner, always try to make extra servings that you can eat throughout the week. Eating leftovers can help stretch your food budget.
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