Do you find it’s hard to eat healthy for cheap?
I can admit, when you first make the transition to a healthier lifestyle it can get pretty pricey if you aren’t being wise with how you go about it.
Sadly in this day and age, unhealthy foods like fast food, chips, sodas, candies, and other artificial foods are very cheap while fruits, vegetables, healthy snacks, and other natural foods tend to be more pricey in a smaller amount.
But eating healthy actually doesn’t have to break your pockets. You have to find a strategy that works best for you!
How do you do that?
First, compare the prices of all your local grocery stores. You don’t have to do all your shopping at one store either. My favorite places to buy my groceries at in my are are Trader Joes, Walmart, and Aldi’s. Occasionally I will go to Whole Foods to get a couple items because their prices are high. I tend to find the best prices on fruits, vegetables and water at Trader Joes and Aldi’s. I find the best prices on stuff like butter(vegan) and dairy free milks at Walmart. A lot of the healthy snacks I get come from Trader Joes as well.
Buy in bulk
Second, look at the foods you eat the most of and see if you can buy in bulk. I like to shop at Sams Club to get groceries that goes fast in my house. It lasts longer and also saves you money over time. Groceries such as rice, Spring Mix, Popcorn, Beans, etc.
Buy more whole foods
Third, cut back on the processed, frozen, packaged meals. Since I am plant based, there are lots of plant based stuff such as veggie burgers, faux meats, vegan cheese, etc that can definitely be expensive. Try to buy more whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and grains and let that be the base of most of your meals.
Create a grocery list
Fourth, plan your meals out and create a well thought out grocery list. You don’t have to get too specific but having a good idea of what you will probably eat throughout the week can help you create a simple grocery list of what you will need. When you create a grocery list it helps you stay on track and gives you a short visual of about how much you will spend.
Don’t over eat
Fifth, make sure you portion control. I know for me, when I tend to over eat the food goes faster in my house. When I portion control, I typically have left overs and can save it for another day. Especially when it comes to snacks.
There you have my 5 best tips on saving money while eating healthy! Go out and make your grocery list healthier starting this week <3