Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthy, and save money. But it can be expensive to overhaul your diet and eat healthy – processed and packaged foods are cheaper and more convenient. But by doing some research and planning, you can eat healthy, lose weight and save money. We’ve compiled a list of 8 tips for healthy eating on a budget.
Plant Your Own
Planting a garden will not only save you money on groceries but it can also be a great learning experience for your family. Plant the vegetables that you know your family will eat and enjoy so nothing goes to waste. In addition, make sure that you do your research so you know what grows well in your area, what time to plant, and how to care for your garden.
Buy in Season
Buying produce that is in season will ensure not only that your food is fresh and delicious, but also that you don’t pay premium prices.
Stick to a List
Going into a grocery store without a list will only cause you to be tempted by impulse purchases. A list will help you buy only what you need and what is in your budget.
Grocery stores consistently offer special deals and discounted prices. Keep newspaper circulars so you know what’s on sale and what coupons are available.
Buy in Bulk
Not only can you get items in bulk at a lower per-item price, but you can freeze the extra items and use at a later time. This is especially effective when purchasing meat and produce. You can also buy beans, which are high in protein, in bulk and they will stay fresh for a long period of time.
Cook in Bulk
Preparing meals ahead of time and freezing them will allow you to use bulk items and save time on busy weeknights.
Join a Co-Op
Food co ops deliver fresh, locally grown produce to your house or make it available for pick up at a local location. Eating locally grown produce is beneficial for your health, but purchasing these bulk items will ensure you always have healthy, affordable food in the pantry.
Plan Your Menu
Much like sticking to your grocery list, planning your family’s weekly menu before you shop will prevent impulse fast food trips or quick stops to the grocery story. The below graphic is a sample menu from choosemyplate.gov.