Quick Tips: Healthy Eating on a Budget - Get started
There are ways to make healthy eating fit
your budget. You'll be surprised by how spending just a little extra time can
save you money. And the more time you spend—in planning, shopping, and
cooking—the more money you'll save.
Save money by learning and planning:
Plan and shop for a week’s worth of meals at a
time. You're less likely to go out to eat or buy expensive convenience foods
during the week when the ingredients for dinner are already in your kitchen.
Keep a list of what leftovers are in your refrigerator and
freezer. That way they won't go to waste because you forgot they were there.
And you can use the list when you're planning next week's
Watch grocery store ads for sales so that you can stock up
on items you know you will use. You can sometimes save money by buying more of
something. For example, some stores may give you a discount if you buy 12 cans
of chicken broth instead of just 2 or 3.
Learn how much food costs. That way you can tell when an
advertised sale is really a good deal.
Use coupons. People who
invest time in saving and organizing coupons often save a lot of money.
Learn how to grow your own vegetables. If you don't have the
space, see if there is a community garden in your neighborhood. Or try growing
a few vegetables or herbs on your porch or in a sunny indoor
See how many convenience foods you can cross off your list by
planning something healthier and cheaper instead. For example:
Instead of potato chips, buy unpopped
popcorn you can make at home.
Instead of ready-made desserts, make
your own cookies, cakes, or muffins.
Instead of packaged snacks,
buy crackers and peanut butter to make your own little sandwich snacks. Or
snack on fresh or dried fruits.
Instead of sweetened cold cereals,
buy oatmeal or other hot cereal.
Save money at the grocery store:
Always shop with a list. Try not to buy
anything that’s not on your list, but be open to unexpected sale items that you
know you will use.
Shopping with family members can cost you money
if they talk you into buying things that aren't on your list. Shop by yourself
if you have to.