If you’ve ever felt that you can’t afford to eat healthy, you aren’t alone. The truth of the matter is that soda is cheaper than fruit juice, junk food is less expensive than organic and sometimes, fast food is less expensive than preparing a meal. Unfortunately, what you save in dollars and cents will cost you in the long run health wise. Though it may seem impossible, you can eat healthy on a budget and enjoy doing so. By carefully planning your meals, keeping some tips in place when shopping and even preparing meals ahead of schedule, you can take control of your budget and your nutritional needs.
One of the easiest and simplest ways to take control of your diet and ensure you stay within your budget is to plan everything you are going to eat and drink ahead of time. This may sound more daunting than it actually is. By determining your meals beforehand, knowing what beverages you will keep in your house and deciding not to go grocery shopping when you are hungry, you’ll find that you’ve successfully won half the battle. Make a budget, plan your meals and desserts as well as snacks, and stick to it. If it’s not on your list, don’t visit that aisle of the grocery store.
Use coupons when possible and look for generic brands to help save. Choose meals that you can stretch for several days such as stews, soups, casseroles and more. Choose products in bulk when applicable and buy fruits and vegetables fresh when in season or in cans as you can get these for a significant savings. Keep in mind that food makers charge you for preparation and you will save money if you make foods, snacks and meals yourself. As many are on limited time schedules, cook your meals ahead of time and freeze. You’ll find the savings are immense, you’ll have the meals on hand that you need and you can stay within your budget.
With these tips you’ll find it isn’t difficult to eat healthy while on a budget.