How to Eat Fresher and Cheaper on a Budget

How to Eat Fresher and Cheaper on a Budget

If one of your New Years’ resolutions is to cut your grocery costs while buying fresher groceries,  it can be done.  There are a number of strategies that you can use to save money every time you grocery shop.  I love heading to my local FRESHCO where I can definitely get fresher and cheaper on a budget.


Meal Plan

When you plan your meals before you head to the grocery store you know what you need.  You know what your meals will be for the week. You are not simply scanning the aisles for what looks good.


Make a List

Research has shown that if you can avoid impulse buying you can save at least 20% on your weekly grocery bill. Always shop with a list. I use an app to keep my list handy.

FRESCHO shopping trip

Eat Your Veggies and Fruit too

You can save 25% by adding more fruits and vegetables to your cart. You can have a healthier and fresher grocery list simply by choosing fresh for snacks and the main event. Not only do you save money, but you are getting healthier as well! You have to love that!


Shop Seasonal and Sales

If you know me, you know I love to shop seasonally and love a great deal.  Have a freezer? Stock up on meat when it is on sale. I love checking my local flyers on a flyer app. You can always find the FRESHCO weekly flyer here as well. It lets me know what sales I can find that week, as I meal plan I am often referring to this list.  Fruit and vegetables in season are always cheaper.  Choose fruit that is ripe and ready to eat and some that needs to ripen in a few days. That way there will be no waste.


When you stock up on staples like rice, beans, pasta you have them on hand to make great healthy meals. Watch for these when they are on sale as they do have a longer shelf life.


Shop the Perimeter


I love shopping at my local FRESHCO. I walk into the produce section and from there I do 80 percent of my shopping around the perimeter. That is where I pick up my fruit, my vegetables, my meat, my eggs, my cheese, the basics for a healthy meal. When I shop the inside aisles I am looking for healthy staples like beans, nuts, and healthy whole grains. I am also looking for my spices.

Let me know, how you save at the grocery store.


*This post has been sponsored by FRESHCO, as always the opinions are my own.


16 thoughts to “How to Eat Fresher and Cheaper on a Budget”

  1. The timing of this is perfect. My husband and I have been slowly making the change to a healthier lifestyle and I love saving money when I can on it.

  2. There are different ways to eat healthier and meal planning is always first step. Plus shopping in season. Might want learn how to can or dehydrate helps cut food bill.

  3. I try to use a many fresh ingredients as I can when making meals. Once I started meal planning I found it was a lot easier.

  4. I can't stress enough on the importance of planning your meals. It sort of gives you direction on what you're supposed to get. When you plan, you're also reminded that you should be making healthier choices & prepping meals instead of deliveries 🙂 I'm glad that you found a go-to place like Freshco where you know you can get fresh ingredients and goods with good value for money.

  5. My husband and I try to meal plan, but it never seems to work out for us. I guess a part of the problem is that we disagree on what to buy. I want healthier things. He likes junk food and pre-packaged meals that are not good.

  6. Meal planning and making a list, then sticking to it is how we handle things. We eat a lot of fresh produce which can get pricey fast with a family of 5. But it is worth the work for better nutrition.

  7. I think that meal planning is great especially if you want to stick to a way of better eating. The problem is that most of the time, I go to the market just because of one specific meal and then sometimes the items in the cart go out of hand. This week though, I strategically planned to do some juicing and got just items for that. I think I am on track! I juiced all day today, besides my one cup of coffee. But, not so bad.

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