I know most people think that eating healthy or organic is more expensive, but you really can do it on a budget. Here are some tips I have learned along the way.
1. Meal planning is key. If you have a set list and some meals in mind, you will be less likely to splurge on cravings.
2. Try to buy foods from the bulk bins. Not only are they usually cheaper, but you can only buy what you need. They are also great for trying new foods so if you end up not liking what you buy, you are not stuck with a large amount.
3. Eat more meals at home. Lets face it, convenience foods are not only more expensive, but they are usually chock full of unhealthy additives.
4. Ditch the canned beans for dried ones. You will need to soak them overnight and then boil them a bit before you use them, but they taste so much better! Plus, you will not get all the extra sodium. You will be surprised at how much “cleaner” they will taste.
5. Check if there is a local co op in your area. We use Bountiful Baskets. There is even an option to upgrade to all organic. I was amazed at how much produce we got for our $25
6. Try to buy produce that is in season. For android users, there is an app called Seasonal Harvest Lite that is free and if you plug in your location, it will tell you which fruits and veggies are in season. I think there is one for the iPhone too.
7. “Like” your local grocery stores on Facebook. They will most likely alert you to sales going on.
8. Bring a set amount of cash with you that you cannot go over.
9. If you see a more expensive item go on sale, buy in bulk at that time. For example, our local Sprouts puts the raw almonds on sale for 1/2 off about once a month. I try to stock up then.
10. Love your crock pot. Crock pot meals are not only easy, they are often inexpensive to make. You can make a large batch and freeze what you don’t eat right away.
This is just a small list of things you can do. I plan on updating it as more things come to mind. If you read this, feel free to add your own!