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!
These are great tips! I’ve been trying to eat healthier and it can get expensive. Trying to shop seasonally and frozen are 2 ways that I’ve tried cutting costs as well.
Great tips, eating healthy is totally doable on a budget, it just takes some planning!
Buying frozen and in bulk has really helped us with eating healthy and sticking to our strict food budget. Great post!
I needed to read this today because I just got home from the grocery store with a outrageous bill! So nice to read your tips!
You have some great tips. One thing you can do is check for U-Pick places. It is a fun outing for the kids and sometimes the farm allows you to “pick for halves.” This is where you keep 1/2 and the farm gets 1/2 to sell. Another is to look for a community garden that allows you to have fresh produce in exchange for spending time working in the garden. And, check for food co-ops….splitting large quantities into lesser quantities by working as a community is a good way to get healthy produce, bulk goods, and cheese at great prices.
Awesome tips! I have to make a grocery list and stick to it. When i start adding chips and all the extra junk my bill shoots up! I always freeze the fruits and veggies that havent been eaten yet before they go bad for our smoothies 😊 hate wasting money
I love your tips! It’s annoying how expensive some healthy foods can be (and some healthy food stores… Whole Foods!? haha), but if you’re strategic you can definitely get the price down. 🙂
xo, SC // SCsScoop.com
These are great tips. I am a vegan and eating healthy is important to me but I am also on a suuuuuuuuper tight budget. I already do some of these, but will have to start more. I’ve shied away from frozen veggies, but may have to start giving more a try!
Great tips – I already do most of these!
Love this! We stalk sales down and freeze food that isn’t already frozen!