I know it can seem that eating healthy can be expensive, but when you buy your food and cook it you end of saving a lot of money over time. Here are 10 tips on how to save money and shop healthy.
- Plan out your meals before you go buy your food. The problem is when we buy groceries we get too much food and a lot of it goes to waste. Take time before you go to the store and plan out your meals and know exactly what you need. This will save you money and help you be organized.
- Shop 2-3 times a week. I know it’s “easier” to shop once a week or maybe even once every other week and buy things in bulk. However remember that healthy food doesn’t last long. If it’s healthy it will go bad fast. Plan out your meals and shop for the next 2-3 days so you have fresh healthy food for your meals.
- Ask when they bring in Fresh produce. Something I like to do is ask the store what days they bring in fresh produce. If I’m in town I will do one of my shopping days on that day so all my vegetables and fruit are fresh and haven’t been in the store for a couple of days. The more fresh the more nutrients.
- Don’t buy food in bulk. I understand there are some foods you need to buy in bulk, but for the most part try to buy food in smaller amounts that will last for a few days. That way you will eat all the food and not waste any of it. Remember if your food lasts long it probably isn’t healthy food (there are exceptions of course).
- Buy Organic Meats, Vegetables, and Fruit. I know Organic is a little more expensive, but it is worth it. You can’t put a price tag on good health so don’t sacrifice a few bucks for your health. Being healthy is a great blessing and it’s important we do all that we can to be healthy.
- Buy Grass fed Meats and Free range Chicken. Again I know it’s a little more expensive, but the health benefits of this type of meat is a lot better for you. Eat quality healthy meats (look below at my story of buying meat).
- Buy supplements and vitamins when there are deals. I shop at Sprouts and in the vitamin and supplement section there are discounts for 25% off that happen once a month. Know when these are and buy your supplements and vitamins during these times. You will save a lot of money.
- Ask when they have sales and discounts throughout the store. Find someone in the store and ask them about upcoming sales and discounts on food and anything you may need in the store.
- Compare vitamin and supplement prices with stores online. Even with the 25% sale you can sometimes find supplements and vitamins you need for a cheaper price online. Make sure you compare prices at your store with prices online.
- Don’t buy water. Buying water can be expensive and it adds up. Buy a water bottle and a Brita Water Filter one time and you will save a lot of money (if you buy water bottles at the store).
Last Thought: I Bought some organic free range chicken for $7.50 and Grass fed Beef cupes for $10.32 and Grass fed hamburger for $4.75. That comes out to $22.57. I know it may seem like a lot when you first buy it, but all that meat is about 7-8 meals (with added vegetables). If you were to go out and eat for those 7-8 meals and you spent 7 bucks each time you ate that adds up to be a lot more than the meat. Eating out can be expensive and unhealthy and a tough habit to break. Make eating out a social event or family activity for the weekends and try to eat at home during the week as much as you can.
Hope these tips helped and let me know what tips you use to help you save money and shop healthy?