Eating healthy has become very important to many people, and some may wonder if it is possible to eat healthy on a budget. The cost of food continues to rise, as does the cost of everything else, and the amount of money coming in doesn’t seem to be keeping up. You may find yourself reaching for the cheaper convenience foods and feel like you are costing yourself more in the long run by way of your health. Fear not, I have a few tips to help you make those food dollars stretch while feeding your family healthy meals.
Step one is to figure out your budget. The best way to determine what you are going to be spending on food, is to determine what amount fits into your monthly budget without stretching yourself too thin in other areas. If you don’t have a budget then you won’t know what you have to spend each month and by the end of the month you may be resorting to eating ramen noodles because you weren’t conscientious of your spending at the beginning of the month.
Step two determine what your priorities are on your healthy food journey. If you know that you will only eat organic fruits or vegetables then make that determination now. It is best to decide what your absolute must haves are because you can focus on those to start with and then add in more options of healthier food along the way. Having a main focus and working from there will help you in determining how to spend your monthly budget.
Step three write to the companies. The best way to get coupons is to write to the companies that produce the products that you are using or want to try out. Let them know what you like about their products or their company or tell them you are interested in trying their products and see if they will send you a coupon to save some money.
Step four is to do more from scratch cooking. The more you buy of just staples like flour, sugar, eggs, milk then the less you are spending on ready made breads, cereals and the like. If you start to make more food from scratch you will drastically reduce what you are spending on processed foods while cutting out the ingredients that you don’t want your family eating.
Step five is toif you have the opportunity. If you don’t have room in your backyard, maybe your town does a community garden, or you can do some container gardening and be able to grow some of your produce yourself and cut that out of your weekly or monthly spending. Hand in hand with this is to shop the seasonal vegetables. If you only buy the vegetables that are in season, you will save on your produce purchases and get the highest quality vegetables year round. You can also find a Farmer’s Market that is local to you. The prices will be comparable to the grocery store and you can even get organics cheaper.