One of the main reasons that I hear people say they cannot eat more healthily is because it costs too much. Now when you can buy a ten inch frozen pizza for under a buck these days it can be very hard to justify to people why they should buy healthy foods instead. But the truth is healthy eating does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. I will admit right away that eating food that is bad for you is cheaper, but if you take note of these tips here then you can eat healthy and not spend a ton of money in the process!
Frozen Food Is Still Good
Sorry, but I am not talking those pizzas or burgers that you get for pennies. Your supermarket will have a ton of frozen vegetables and fruit and sadly far too many people are worried that frozen ones lack all the good stuff in them. Well this is actually not the case at all. Sure if you can buy fresh you should, but if there is a great deal on frozen fruits and vegetables then stock up on it to save money in the long run.
Do Not Be Scared To Stock Up On Tinned Goods
Tined food will last forever, well maybe not forever, but tinned food has a very long shelf life. So always keep this in mind when buying things like beans, tomatoes and fish as well. Anything healthy that comes in a tin and has a long shelf life stock up on that. I have a cupboard full of beans as all kinds of beans like black beans, kidney beans and butter beans go great with many other dishes.
Food Is Cheapest When It’s In Season
This one can be tricky as many supermarkets will get good flown in from all over the world so that they always have a ready supply. But if you learn when things like apples and oranges are in season then you will find that they are far cheaper than when stores have to import them from further away. Many local stores will only buy from local farmers and other food related places so check there to see when things are in season and at their cheapest.
Know Where To Shop
Now I do not want to name and shame any stores here, but it’s pretty common knowledge I would say no matter where you live that you have some stores that are cheaper than others. Then use common sense, do not shop at the expensive stores, buying expensive name brands. When there are cheaper alternatives out there.
Try Not To Waste Food
If I make a huge meal for my evening meal and I cannot finish it, then rather than throwing it away I will put it in a tub and then place it in the fridge for my lunch the next day. This then has taken care of two meals in one! This is a great way of cutting down on your weekly food budget by making the most out of all the food you are buying.
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