Written by Charlene Hartung

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8 Apr, 2024

Eating healthy on a budget is possible with some planning and smart choices. 

Here are some tips to help you eat healthy without breaking the bank:

1. Plan your meals: Before you go grocery shopping, plan your meals for the week. This will help you buy only what you need and avoid impulse purchases.

2. Buy in bulk: Buying staple items like rice, beans, and oats in bulk can save you money in the long run. Look for sales and discounts on these items.

3. Cook at home: Eating out can be expensive, so try to cook at home as much as possible. Cooking your own meals allows you to control the ingredients and portion sizes.

4. Buy seasonal produce: Seasonal fruits and vegetables are often cheaper and fresher. Look for local farmers’ markets or grocery stores that offer seasonal produce at a lower cost. Shop around a little. Finding out when the shops get their fresh produce in stock is worth it.

5. Use frozen fruits and vegetables: Frozen fruits and vegetables are often more affordable and have a longer shelf life. They are also just as nutritious as fresh produce and you can do so much with them. I also like to freeze my leftovers for days when I really don’t know what to cook, like today 🙂

6. Limit processed foods: Processed and pre-packaged foods can be more expensive and less healthy. Stick to whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Cook your food from its original state.

7. Use leftovers: Don’t let leftovers go to waste. Use them for lunches or incorporate them into new meals to save money and reduce food waste.

8. Look for sales and coupons: Watch for sales and discounts on healthy food items. This can help you save money on your grocery bill.

By following these tips, you can eat healthy on a budget and still enjoy delicious and nutritious meals. Healthy does not have to be expensive or boring. It’s all what you make of it.

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