Your diet is your daily medicine, 3 times a day, 7 days a week. What we put into our bodies matters so we want it to be as holistically healthy as possible. But the stresses of budgeting aren’t good for your health either. Luckily, I’ve outlined a huge list of tips that I use day-in and day-out to budget so that I can save cash money and eat healthy all at the same time.
At the Grocery Store
1. Write a grocery list and stick to it.
2. Buy staples like flour, seeds, legumes, and dried fruit in the bins in the bulk section.
4. Buy frozen produce.
5. Avoid processed foods.
6. Skip sugar-sweetened beverages and stick to water.
8. Buy seasonally.
11. Buy smaller spice packets especially for spices that you don’t often use.
12. Be flexible at the grocery store so if something is on sale you can take advantage of it.
13. Track store prices so you know what's a good deal.
14. Bring a calculator to the store so you’re not surprised at the register.
15. Choose inexpensive produce depending on the season like bananas, squash, cabbage, and sweet potatoes.
16. Stock up on staples when they’re on sale.
In the Kitchen
17. Plan out your meals each week.
18. Cook most meals at home. Only eat out 1-2 meals per week.
19. Make your own bread.
20. Double recipes and eat them for a number of meals.
21. Do some meal prep on Sunday to prepare for the week.
22. Bring your own lunch.
23. Make your own salad dressings.
24. Make your own broths.
25. Enjoy soups throughout the year, they’re filling and inexpensive.
26. Make your own coffee.
Avoid Food Waste
27. Turn old bread into croutons.
28. Throw leftover produce into a smoothie, stir fry, or pasta sauce.
30. Plan next week’s meals based on what you already have.
31. Join a CSA.
32. Grow your own veggies.
33. Preserve foods.
35. Compost food waste into garden gold.
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