Everyone knows that living healthier is simply better, but unfortunately it can be expensive. Why organic food needs to be priced higher than items with additives is a mystery, but this is often the case. To help you live healthy without going broke, here are a few tips.
Look for sales : Sales, coupons and even store reward programs can all help you save money of healthy foods. I recommend planning your weekly meals around the items that are on sale. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save. Most grocery stores send out weekly fliers with their sale items listed, this way you can still plan your meals in advance.
Don’t ignore frozen veggies: Frozen peas, carrots, broccoli and even cauliflower are a great way to eat healthy, without blowing your budget. Best of all you don’t have to worry about the vegetables spoiling. Simply thaw out what you need and freeze the rest. This is an easy way to save money and still get your daily serving of vegetables.
Buy seasonal produce: Some fruits and vegetables are seasonal, even though they can often be found all year. I have found that if I only purchase fresh produce when it is in season, I can save a lot of money on my grocery bill. Some items can even be frozen, and these I often buy in bulk. This way I can still enjoy the healthy benefits of fresh produce without having to pay expensive off season prices.
Look for cheaper cuts of meat: When I recommend cheaper cuts of meat I am referring to the price, not the quality. Healthy living often means cutting back on expensive steaks, and this is good news for your budget. Leaner meats like chicken, turkey and some fish are not only lower in fat and cholesterol, they are also budget friendly. Best of all you still get the protein and other nutrients you need to stay healthy and active.
Discover beans and whole grains : Black beans and whole grains are healthy, inexpensive and there are hundreds of ways you can use them in a meal. These foods are also a great way for vegetarians to make sure that they are getting the protein they need. These versatile foods can be served by themselves or used to “bulk up” a dish.
These are only a few of the ways that I use to save some money in my quest to live healthier. I hope these tips will be useful for you, and I look forward to reading all of your comments and suggestions. If you have your own tips, I hope that you will feel free to share them.