When I decided to start eating healthier I wasn’t sure how to eat healthy and save money.
I’d check Pinterest and find some good recipes, make my list and head to the store only to realize that I had blown my budget.
But eating healthy doesn’t have to break your budget. With a little bit of planning, there are ways to eat healthily and still stay within budget.
How To Eat Healthy and Save Money
Use A Seasonal Guide
A seasonal guide will help you to eat healthy while saving you money.
Fruits and veggie prices can fluctuate depending on the season. Buying in-season helps keep prices down.
Did you know that the USDA recommends that you fill half your plate with fruits and veggies? We try to do this in order to fill up on more fruits and veggies. Buying in-season helps us meet this goal.
Less Meat, More Vegan Proteins
Meat can be expensive. Incorporating more vegan proteins can not only help cut down on costs but it also makes sure that you’re eating a wider variety of foods each week.
We still eat meat but cutting back and eating the correct portion sizes has helped stretch our food budget.
Making sure I’m getting the right Macros (Protein, Fats, Carbs) has not only helped me lose weight but it also helps me feels better! I’m eating less and I have more energy.
Sources of Vegan Proteins to include in your diet:
- Peanut Butter
- Tofu, Edamame
Meal Planning is one of the best ways to help you eat healthy on a budget. Planning what you’re going to eat cuts down on eating out and last-minute trips to the grocery store.
Buy In Bulk
When you buy items that you regularly use in bulk, the cost of the item goes down, therefore saving you money in the long term.
We don’t buy all of our things in bulk as we don’t want to waste money due to spoilage but a few things that we buy in bulk to save us money are:
- Household Supplies (toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, etc)
- Canned Goods
Stock Up When On Sale
This ties in with buying in bulk. When I notice a sale on Chicken breasts I stock up. Then when I get home I can put them directly in our deep freezer or I cook it up and have shredded chicken ready to go in the freezer.
Use A Price Tracker
A price tracker is nice to have when grocery shopping. If you have items that you are regularly buying it’s nice to have a price tracker to compare the costs of an item at multiple stores.
It also allows you to know if an item is really a good deal or not. Thus, saving you money.
Do you get sick of your fruits and veggies going bad too quickly? Well, shopping at your local farmers’ market might just help. In my opinion, it’s fresher and lasts longer.
Plus you’re buying local and lots of farmers market also have artists, bakers, etc. Our farmers market has local bands play and occasionally they have a petting zoo!
Make Inexpensive Meals
Not every meal has to be a fancy Pinterest meal. Although wouldn’t that be nice? 😉
For the most part, keep it simple. Simple=Sane. Most days I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen so coming up with simple meals saves me!
We have a family favorites sheet (You can get that in my Meal Planner here) that we use to help fill in our meal plan. I use themes to plan out our meals and look at our family favorites sheet to find recipes that I know we all like.
(Check out this post on how I create my meal plan using themes.)
I try to add easy, inexpensive meals that we all like to the list. It makes life easier!
Here are a few ideas:
- Eggs & Toast
- Chicken, Rice, Veggies
- Stir Fry’s
- Veggie Burger
- Homemade Pizza (We make 4 pizza dough’s and freeze them in advance)
- Potato Hash
Shop Once A Week
Staying away from the grocery store as much as you can save you money. Shopping once a week helps save you from unnecessary trips and keeps you from adding extra items to your cart that you really don’t need.
This means that you have to really plan ahead. But with practice, you can do it!
Shop Store Brands Or Aldi’s
Buying store brands or Aldi’s can save lots of money! It’s a great way to eat healthy while saving you money.
I try to buy store-bought whenever possible. It’s usually cheaper and most of the time, I can’t tell a difference.
I love shopping at Aldi’s. I go to Aldi’s about once a month and stock up on staples. I buy lots of grains, canned goods, frozen goods there. I don’t buy our fruits and veggies there because I find that they don’t last as long.
One exception is if I’m making smoothie freezer packs, then I’ll buy there fruits and veggies at Aldi’s.
I actually prefer to shop at Fresh Thyme or Farmers market for fruits and veggies. This means more shopping stops but I don’t mind because our Aldi’s, Fresh Thyme and local grocery store are all in the same area so it’s not really a big deal.
Meal prepping is a big way to help cut the budget without sacrificing healthy food. Meal prepping is how I make sure that I’m getting enough Macros (protein, fats, carbs) so that I can get full on less food.
It also helps cut down on waste. I know that when I’m meal prepping I’m going to be using up everything that I have bought. So less food getting thrown out due to spoilage.
When my kids are in school, I like to use my meal prep containers and prep out all my lunches for the week so that I know I’m eating healthy all week.
I also like to meal prep for school lunch. Quesadillas, homemade pizza rolls, waffles, etc freeze great! Having lunch prepped makes it easy to quickly grab inexpensive healthy lunches for my kids.
During summer breaks I typically eat leftovers with my kids. We eat a lot more salads, fresh foods too.
We also have more time to cook if we need to. I’ve got a kid that is interested in learning to cook so the summer lunch allows for more time to teach her!
(Check out this post 8 tools your kids need to be confident in the kitchen.)
So there you have it! My tips on how to eat healthily and save money. These tips have saved my budget and have also helped reduce budget-related stress.
Do you have anything to add? I’d love to hear how you save money on a budget!