We all know that going shopping for groceries can be expensive. When you’re on a budget, it can be difficult to get the healthiest finds for your dollar. Having a smaller budget on food doesn’t mean you’ll have to settle for low quality food. If done the right way, you can eat healthy on a budget.
The first thing that comes to mind is coupons. Have you heard of the television show called Extreme Couponing? You don’t necessarily have to go to the extreme that these people go to, but I’m sure you get the point that I’m trying to make. We are not all Stay at home moms, so we can’t devote all that time to it. You can take a couple of hours out of a day, preferably Sundays, to cut out those coupons. Sunday papers usually contains the most coupons. If you don’t subscribe to the local paper, you can purchase one or just use the coupons which come in the mail regularly with the other circulars. Don’t limit yourself to just those either. You’d be surprised at the amount of coupons you can find online which supermarkets will honor.
One thing a lot of us do which isn’t a good idea is going grocery shopping when we’re hungry. I’m guilty of this myself. When this happens, we tend to buy things that we don’t even need. We only purchase it because it looks appealing to us right then and there. Most of the time it is not going to be the healthiest food choice. Try having a healthy snack before you step out that door to take on the aisle at the supermarket. You’ll make better food choices that way.
Another important thing to do is make a grocery list based off of what needs to be absolutely restocked in your pantry or fridge. You may want to have sales ads on hand while you’re making your list because if it’s currently not on sale, you may want to hold off until the particular item does. If it’s not on your list, don’t buy it, otherwise you’ll end up spending more than you wanted. Sometimes this is unavoidable if it’s a very good deal. I would just say not to make it a habit.
Fruits and Vegetables are better to buy when they are in season. If a particular produce item isn’t in season, it will cost you more. There are a lot of Vitamin-rich vegetables such as broccoli, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes which won’t hurt your wallet. Another great option you may consider is shopping at your local Farmer’s Market for those fresh produce you are seeking. Don’t leave out frozen produce. If the fresh produce is just too expensive for you, this is a great substitution.
Of course there are many other ways to make the most of your dollar when it comes to eating for your health. Remember that generic brands will save you money as well. It all comes with planning. If you plan smart, you spend smart. The next time you find yourself in a situation where you have to be on a strict budget, think back to some of these tips to help you along the way. It’ll be less stressful.
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