Eating Healthy on a Budget
There are many people that choose not to go the 'healthy eating' lifestyle because it can get pricey with the high prices 'natural' food grocery stores have gotten seemingly comfortable charging.
Have you looked at the organic section at the grocery store? The prices are crazy. A small basket of organic strawberries...$7!!! Ummm...no...Well maybe. BUUUUUT, it may mean a closer look to another 'line-item' on the budget can be adjusted to accommodate your healthy lifestyle....until then, here are a few tips for eating healthy on a budget
1. Make a weekly meal plan. Before you make a trip to the grocery store, think about what meals and snacks you want for the week. Look up some recipes thoroughly so you can make an accurate list of all of the things you will need. This will ensure that you do not have to run back to the store later in the week.
2. Stick to your list. When you make your list of what you need to buy, make sure you do not buy anything besides what is on the list. Curb the tendency to impulse buy which leads to your total amount increasing. If you stick to what you have put on your list, I promise you'll see the difference.
3. Plan where you are going to shop. This way you can plan your grocery list around what is on sale. Publix has different BOGO sales weekly. Also, Sprouts starts and ends their weekly sales on Wednesday so you get to dip into both. :)
4. Shop seasonally. Fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season are typically easier to get and are usually cheaper.
5. Cook at home as often as possible. This may be difficult for many because you may have so much going on in your daily life. I get it. Life can get pretty hectic and you just want something quick. Many foods that are prepared at home are much cheaper and more nutritious. Eating out is ok every once in a while (or IF you know what to order when you do), but try to get back to the basics and find some quick and simple recipes that you may enjoy.
Let's get it RockStars!!!
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