1. Shop the Sales
I like to check-out the ad section in the Sunday paper + frequently pop-in to health food stores to see what sorts of sales are going on in my area. Things like fruits and meat can get expensive, but you’d be surprised how often specials come through– I actually just got home from buying two containers of strawberries for only $5! Certified organic too.
2. Eat Seasonally
Eating seasonally is one of the best things you can do to eat healthy on a budget and it’s much easier than you think. Not sure what’s in season when? No problem! Print out this chart and keep it handy when you’re…
3. Meal Planning
I know, I know, the drag that is meal planning (!!!) However, I swear it’s not that bad. I started meal planning this year and not only am I eating way healthier, I’m spending so much less on groceries too!
A personal tip of mine? Try to use a few of the same ingredients in your meals and buy what you can in bulk for the week to save a little extra.
4. Don’t Eat Out
I know it’s not reasonable to say stop eating out completely (I love my Taco Tuesday lunch dates with the girls just as much as the next person!) but try to choose a healthy option when on-the-go. I like to always have something pre made in the fridge so I usually make a big salad at the beginning of the week.
Another thing I love to do? Shop the pre made section at Sprouts! I’m always finding super healthy lunches there– my last find? A quinoa pasta salad for $2.68!
5. Make Your Freezer Your BFF
I like to buy fruits I like when they’re in season and then freeze them so I have them on hand later (when they’re more costly in the grocery aisles!) I also am obsessed with the packaged bags of fruit at Fresh & Easy– super inexpensive and especially great in my smoothies!
6. Shop the Perimeter
The perimeter of the grocery store is where most healthy food is sold and when you shop the outside you’re more likely to buy more nutritious options. Another plus is you’re staying away from most of the processed foods that mark their prices up + are so hard to pass up in the moment. My weakness is Chips Ahoy. I’ve learned this from experience.
7. Visit a Local Farmers Market
A better suggestion? Shop the farmers market! Not only are the fruits and vegetables being sold usually 10 x’s healthier than the food sold in stores, you’re helping a local family put food on the table. Farmers markets are a great place to get deals– especially if you go near the end when they start marking down the prices so they don’t have to haul it all back home.
8. Choose Cheaper Cuts of Meat
I know the filet mignon looks amazing, but it’s probably not the most cost effective option! Ground chuck, flank steak and chicken thighs are all better options.