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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Do you have a hard time eating healthy because you’re on a tight budget?  Use the following tips to eat healthy and save money:

  • Eat at home more often
    • Make healthy snacks at home and take them with you
    • Pack a lunch most days of the week
    • Make healthy meals in large portions and freeze leftovers
  • Shopping techniques
    • Make a shopping list for this week’s meals and stick to the list
    • Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry!
    • Shop for most of your food around the perimeter of the store to avoid the more costly, processed foods
  • Look for deals
    • Browse your local stores to see who offers the best deals on your favorite, healthy products
    • Search the newspaper for coupons
    • Compare the per unit price between brands and different sized packages
    • Choose generic if possible
  • Buy in bulk
    • Look for deals on pre-bagged, bulk fruits and veggies
    • Purchase sale priced lean meats in bulk and freeze what you don’t plan to use in 5 days
    • Stock up on sale priced whole grain crackers and cereals
    • Most stores offer a discount on milk if you buy 2 gallons at a time
  • Go Frozen!
    • Stock up on sale priced frozen meals (Kashi, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones)
    • Buy a wide variety of frozen veggies.  They are just as healthy as fresh veggies but they’re cheaper and last longer
    • Purchase frozen lean meats
  • Do your own prep work
    • Buy whole fruits and veggies and do the cutting and peeling yourself
    • Shred a block of reduced fat cheese
    • Remove skin from chicken breasts