Healthier food can be expensive.
It can be challenging to eat well when you’re keeping a tight grip on the purse strings.
But, there are ways to save money and still eat mostly, whole, minimally processed foods.
Have a look at these money saving tips to eat well on a budget.
Plan Your Meals
To save money at the supermarket, planning is essential.
Set aside some time during the week to make a list of the meals for the week. From this create a grocery list of what you need.
Check out what you have in your fridge and cupboards so you only buy what you need so nothing goes to waste.
Write A List And Stick To It
Follow your list and shop mostly in the perimeter of the store where the healthier foods are located.
Make Your Meals At Home
Cooking at home is always going to be cheaper than eating out.
Choosing simple easy to prepare meals is going to take the stress out of cooking at home.
You can batch cook a week’s worth of meals on the weekend to make life easier during the week.
The meals you make give you the benefit of knowing what’s exactly in each meal.
Cook Larger Portions For Leftovers
A larger meal is a time saver and budget friendly at the same time.
Meals like stews, casseroles, and pasta sauces are easy to cook in large batches with cheap ingredients.
The leftovers can be used for lunch the next day or as an ingredient in another meal.
Avoid Shopping When You’re Hungry
Going to the supermarket when you’re hungry will make it difficult not to buy impulse items that aren’t on your grocery list.
These items can blow out your budget and are generally not healthy options.
Have a snack, like a piece of fruit or a yoghurt before you go if you’re hungry.
Buy Whole Foods
Some less processed foods are much cheaper than their more processed counterparts.
A block of cheese is cheaper than buying a bag of shredded cheese.
Whole foods generally can be bought in larger quantities which makes the per unit price much cheaper and you get more servings.
Buy Store Brands
For basic ingredients you don’t need to buy name brands.
Generic store products will be more than suitable.
All food manufacturers have to meet safety standards so the quality of food will be basically the same but at a cheaper price.
Buy Cheaper Cuts Of Meat
Steak and fresh fish can be expensive to buy.
There are cheaper cuts of meat that are great to use in stews, casseroles, soups and meaty sauces.
You can buy large amounts of these cheap cuts to use in multiple meals throughout the week.
Have A No Meat Day
While you can buy cheaper cuts of meat, you can save money by having some non meat meals.
One or two times a week you could use beans, legumes, eggs or canned tuna or salmon.
These ingredients are inexpensive, nutritious and easy to make. Being canned they last longer on the shelf also.
Buy Ingredients That Are In Season
Fruit and vegetables that are in season are generally cheaper and taste better with a high amount of nutrients.
If you can by it by the bag it works out cheaper than individual pieces.
Any leftovers can be frozen or used for the next round of recipes.
The Bottom Line
Eating better doesn’t have to drain your bank account.
There are many ways that you can eat a healthy diet when money is tight.
Simple things like planning, shopping lists, cooking at home and buying mainly whole, minimally processed foods will keep your costs down.