Eating Healthy on a Budget

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Healthy and Economical Tips for Your Weekly Food Budget

Eating healthy on a budget doesn't mean having to deprive yourself of good food. On the contrary, eating on a budget teaches you to buy a variety of inexpensive but nutritious foods. Below are some great tips for healthy eating on a frugal budget.

  1. Plan meals and snacks for a week according to your established budget. 
  2. Check out recipes in your cookbook or online. Stews and soups can make your budget go further.
  3. Make a grocery list: And stick to it!
  4. Go shopping when you're not hungry. Don't forget your list, and stick to your list
  5. Purchase no name brands, they're cheaper and they are the same but without the nice packaging picture. 
  6. Choose your fruits and vegetables in season. Frozen vegetables pack as many nutrients and are usually cheaper.
  7. Buy in bulk. Individual packs of yogurt, cereals etc.. are more expensive. Buy a large yogurt and portion it in reusable containers to take to work. Just make sure they are leak proof.
  8. Low cost items available year round:
  9. Beans - canned or dried
  10. Vegetables - Carrots, potatoes, greens
  11. Try frozen vegetables, they have more nutrients because they are packed as soon as picked
  12. Fruit - Apples, bananas, pears
  13. Buy fruit in simple forms. Avoid pre-cut, pre-washed, ready-to-eat, and processed.
  14. Make compote or smoothies from fruits that are over ripe. Add some dried fruit to liven them up.

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Meal Preparation

Pre-cook on days when you have time. 

Double up recipes and store in the freezer in meal-sized containers

Incorporate leftovers into next day meals

Stews, casseroles and stir fries will stretch more expensive meals that include meat and fish.  

Get the best price but avoid shopping around and using up gas - it defeats the purpose

Try to avoid eating out in restaurants. Go out for lunch instead of dinner. You'll find cheaper lunch specials. Stick to drinking water instead of sodas. They add a lot to the bill/

Surprising Facts 
The average family of four spend about $185.00 per week on food

Here are some good menu ideas for your weekly budget

Click on the link: Seven day Meal plan