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Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

by April 28, 2014 Frugal Tips


If you’re like most people today, a good portion of your monthly budget goes towards purchasing food. There’s no shortage of options; from creating meals from scratch, purchasing ready-made meals from the market, eating out at restaurants, or hitting the drive thru window there are associated costs, both physical and financial involved. If you’re looking to eat better while still keeping your budget on a diet here are five ways to do both. I have been definitely trying to get healthy on a budget.

1)      Meal Plan.

How can you be sure you’re staying on track with your eating and your budget? By making a plan! Everyone can use a road map to help them be successful. Meal planning is a must for anyone who wants to eat better and watch their spending. Some people choose to only plan dinners, while others map out each meal and snack. Find a system that works for you and stick with it. You’ll be sure to purchase only the food you need – or to plan your meals better based on the budget you have available. When I am meal planning I use my Flipp app to make my list. 

2)      Get in Your Kitchen!

You’ve heard it before, but one of the best ways to save money while eating healthy is to get in the kitchen and make the food you’ll be eating. Don’t rely on processed foods for your family meals. This allows you to control the ingredients that are being used and whole ingredients are less expensive than purchasing meals. The trade-off is that it will take some of your time – but probably not as much as you think. Keep your meal options simple, use fresh whole ingredients.

3)      Eat in Season.

The price of strawberries in December is staggering. Today, thanks to a global marketplace, we’re fortunate to have access to almost all fruits and vegetables year round. The further your food has to travel the more expensive it will be. If you consciously make an effort to choose produce selections that are in season you will see a major cost savings.

4)      Cut Back on Meat.

Meat is expensive to purchase, and if you want to buy free range or organic products you’ll see an even higher price tag. You don’t have to completely turn away from meat but cutting back on the amount used in recipes or swapping for a less expensive option can save you money while still enjoying the taste and health benefits found in meat. A swap example would be to choose a locally caught lake fish instead of an imported ocean fish. Just like produce, meat and fish also have seasons. Take some time to learn when your favorites are in season and stock up. Freezing meat for later is a great way to take advantage of sales.

5)      Look at grocery store alternatives.

One stop shopping is attractive for the convenience however it might not save you money. Seek out other sources for the items you enjoy. Some gas stations sell produce like onions, potatoes and bananas for a fraction of their grocery store competitors. Investing in a Good Food Box ( here in Toronto)  is another way to try out great, local produce. People pay a flat fee up front  then weekly or bi-weekly get a box of produce that has been harvested mostly locally. If the cost and amount of produce is too much for your family you can pair up with a friend to split a subscription. Have you checked out a local farmer’s market lately? 

These are just a few ways you can save money and eat better. What other tips do you have? Do you do any of these things already?  Join us on TuesdayApril 29th for the #cdnmoney chat from 7-8 pm EST. 


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  1. Great ideas, indeed! So much truth to the PLAN it out aspect of saving – you can avoid a lot of waste that way.

  2. Fantastic tips, thanks! I notice some smaller grocery stores have a low cost section for over ripe fruit and vegies. Find bananas there for baking banana breads or tomatoes and green or red peppers for stews etc.

  3. I stock up when healthy foods go on sale, especially if they can be frozen (and most things can be!).

  4. onions from the gas station?! that's a new one for me …. you Toronto folk sure are nutty!!!

    Great tips, Hollie! Looking forward to our twitter chat tonight!
    Christa Clips (Save-at-Home-Mom) recently posted…#CDNmoney Twitter Chat Eat Better for Less Tuesday April 29, 2014 7-8pm ETMy Profile

  5. Meal planning is a great tip. Know what you're going to eat all week and prepare as much ahead as you can. This will prevent binging on junk and running out of food early!

    Great article!
    Terry recently posted…5 Simple Foods for Healthy EatingMy Profile

  6. Thanks for your suggestions. My baby will so happy
    Love Baby recently posted…Inevitable troubles in parenting a twinMy Profile

  7. Great saving tips!

  8. price matching with flyers also helps

  9. Great tips!

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