Healthy Eating On A Budget
“It’s too expensive to eat healthy”, “I can’t afford to eat healthy”, you name it, I’ve heard it. It kind of reminds me of this hilarious scene in the movie Bridesmaids:
Now in all seriousness I can sympathise and I understand where you are coming from. I was a university student once, budgeting between general living expenses, nutritious food choices and other social choices. Looking back I probably could have allocated more funds towards the ‘Nutritious Food Choices’ fund and less towards the ‘Social Choices’ fund, but that is part of uni life right? Basically what I am trying to say is, I get it! Yes I agree, SOME healthy foods can be a little more expensive than their not-so-healthy alternatives, but there are also some budget-friendly healthy options!
Here I have put together my top 5 money saving tricks to help you stretch the budget and still allow you to consume a healthy and nutritious diet:
- Don’t shop when you are hungry!
Going to the supermarket to pick up one item and walking out with half a trolley – sound familiar? We are all guilty of doing this at least once or twice. Have a meal plan, write a shopping list and stick to it!
- Buy in season!
Buying produce that is in season is one of the best ways to ensure your budget can afford those fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables. This is one of the biggest rules I live by. You won’t find me buying any mangoes or peaches at this time of the year. Not only are they ridiculously overpriced, but realistically how long have these been in the freezer for? Or where have they been imported from? Currently winter berries like strawberries and blueberries are in season and are SO cheap! Why not buy a few extra punnets, remove the green hull and freeze them in a zip-tight freezer bag to be used later in the year?
- Go to the local farmers market at the end of the day
Lets face it, the farmers market is usually the best place to buy local, fresh produce at the most affordable prices anyway. However if you head there late on that Sunday afternoon or just before close, you can pick up some incredible bargains! The farmers know that fresh produce won’t store well for next week’s market day so I can almost guarantee prices will be dropping.
- Drink water
Say NO to those sugar-loaded juices, softdrinks and energy drinks! Not only are they expensive, but they certainly aren’t good for your health. Tap water is the most affordable and safest option.
- Grow your own food?
Why not grow your own food? Now I’m not saying spend the morning at Bunnings and the afternoon in the garden in a Back Yard Blitz-style. It could simply be one pot with basil, or parsley. Give it a try!
Looking for some budget friendly, healthy foods? Include these nutritious, affordable foods on your weekly shopping list:
- Rice Cakes
- Brown Rice