How to Eat Better on a Budget

With the warmer weather, more people are spending time outdoors and for some couples, it’s a nudge to get more fit.

One of the best habits you can pick up is eating better.

7 Ways to Save Money on Healthy and Organic Foods

The joke is buying at Whole Foods means spending a whole paycheck, but that doesn’t have to be the case with you.

Shopping at stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s can be a part of your routine without sabotaging your grocery bills.

  1. Don’t be confused by the labels. Protect yourself and money by understanding food labels. For example, ‘natural, is practically meaningless as there is no standard, so you may not get the benefits you expect. Consumer Reports has a great explanation of the different food labels being used.
  2. Shop local. You don’t have to visit all the farms in the area (though it can be fun!). There are farmer’s markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs that allow you to be more familiar with how your food was grown or raised. For the last fours we’ve been a part of produce delivery service that has made it incredibly easy for us to keep to a healthy family menu.
  3. Shop in season. Eating seasonally can save you big bucks at the grocery stores. If you can, preserve or freeze what you can for off season.
  4. Spend on organic food when it makes a big difference. When you’re shopping on a budget it can wise to prioritize the dollars. If you want to go organic, make sure it’s worth the extra cost. Learn which are the best buys and which ones you can pass on.
  5. Plan ahead for the week. Fresh produce goes quickly so only buy what you know you can eat (wasted food can be a big money drain). Try and decide what meals you’d like to have before you head into the store. Need ideas? Check out I Am The Lady for some shopping lists.
  6. Go frozen. That said, you can get some wonderful frozen vegetables and stock up.
  7. Put a coupon on it. Though you might not see as many coupons for organic foods, some grocers do have them out there.

I hope these tips help you the next time you go out for groceries. Eating healthier does take some effort, but it is well worth it in the long run.

Thoughts on Better Eating

How about you? How do you eat smarter without spending a ton of money?

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