At first glance it seems that eating a healthier diet can cost so much more than always buying the over processed foods. And not to mention the lack of coupons on real foods!! Seriously though, to whomever is in charge of coupon creation needs to work on this!
Really, there is no major secret to saving money while eating healthier, it takes some work and planning to save money and to be efficient. Here are some tips to lead you in the right direction
This is the most important way to be successful. When you are eating cleaner you are buying more natural and less processed foods. Meaning a lot more foods that will not live quite as long. So in order to avoid having a lot of waste you want to make sure you know exactly what you need for the week. Usually every Sunday I sit down and make a meal plan for the week and track how many servings I need, so I don’t over buy.
Look for Sales
Before you do your meal planning look and see what is on sale this week at your local store. My local store often has buy 1 get 1 berries or 2 for $5 type sales. A few of my meals are flexible to switch up depending whats on sale. Yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit, smoothies, and even salads can be mixed up depending on the veggies that are on sale.
Meal plan in season. Certain fruits and veggies tend to be cheaper during their better season.
Fall: squash, pumpkin, and apples.
Winter: onions, sweet potatoes, and Brussels Sprouts.
Spring: strawberries, green beans, and spinach
Summer: Watermelon, tomatoes, blueberries, and avocados
You can also check out your local farmers market which will have seasonal veggies usually for a better price then your grocery store
Here is an amazing website that will help you find the seasonal produce in your area!
Buy Some Items in Bulk
I hope this helps! Share what tips you use to save some money while shopping!