Save Money, Eat Healthy!

Cash Powell eating healthy foods!

?What?!? you ask. ?How can I eat healthy and save money? Eating healthy is sooooo expensive!?

Actually…no. It?s not.

Here?s why:

  • When you eat healthy foods, you feel fuller sooner, stay satisfied longer, eat less, and feel better all around because you?re fueling your body with what it needs: protein, smart carbs, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • Money spent now on healthy foods equates to less money spent later on healthcare costs for issues related to unhealthy eating and obesity-related illnesses.

So how can you save money and eat healthy? Check out these tips:

  • Make a weekly meal plan, a shopping list from this plan, and stick to it. The fewer times you go shopping, the fewer opportunities you?ll have to buy things you don?t need?both economically and nutritionally.
  • Don?t go shopping when you?re hungry. You won?t be tempted to buy things you don?t need, and you?ll save not only money, but calories! 🙂
  • When shopping, stick to the outside perimeter and those select aisles in the middle where you?ll find all the ?whole? (unprocessed) foods: fresh meats, seafood, produce, dairy, canned and frozen vegetables and fruits, dried herbs and spices, and others. These are healthier, less expensive, and give you better control over what you?re eating (fewer hidden chemicals, preservatives, and other things you want to avoid).
  • Likewise, avoid convenience foods. They?re way more expensive and you can never be sure what?s in them. Pack your own meals to take to work?you?ll save money, eat fewer calories, and have better portion control.
  • Shop sales, use coupons, and stock up on foods you eat often. Be careful to avoid impulse buying, however, even when you find the best sale ever. Ask yourself, ?Do I really need this? Will my family eat all of this, or will I end up throwing some of it away?? And check the meat department for discounted meats and freeze them.
  • Buy in bulk. Divide large packages of meat into smaller portions and pop them in the freezer, and keep large bags of frozen fruits and veggies on hand.
  • Go generic. You?ll save lots of $$ and not sacrifice any taste or quality.
  • Try canned (low sodium, of course!) and frozen options of your favorite fresh foods. They cost less and have a longer shelf life.
  • Buy fresh fruits and veggies in season. Support your local farmers and farmers? markets, or better yet, grow your own fruits and veggies and involve the kids! Teach them the importance of eating healthy by example.
  • Drink water! Aim for half your body weight in ounces per day (150 lbs = 75 ounces), and use a filtered water pitcher to refill water bottles rather than buying those disposable ones. Not only is drinking water super healthy and extremely low-cost, but it also helps you feel fuller longer.
  • Eat out less. When you do eat out, ask for a to-go box and take half of your meal home with you (that?s like two meals for the price of one!), and drink water instead of soda?it?s free!

Check out this list for some healthy, low cost food ideas, and happy healthy eating! What will you do with all the money you?ll save? 😉

21 Responses

  1. Living in the Northeast fresh produce can be hard to come by. We take advantage of the farms around us during the summer, especially upick farms. We buy huge bags of corn (50-60 ears) for $15-20 and freeze it for the winter. Same with blueberries, strawberries, melons, etc. We know where it came from, we know what is in it. The kids learn that food doesn’t come from a shelf or truck. It takes a lot of work to get it there.

  2. Heidi,
    I have a question for you, do you ever give your kids processed food of any kind? Just curious! Love reading your blog and posts. Big fan of you and your Husband’s. Thank you for all you do. You & Chris seem like just awesome people and I love that.

  3. I used to think eating healthy was expensive, but now I realize it’s WAY more cost effective. I bought a ton of fresh fruit, veggies, lean meats, and other great things and the price tag was much lower than anticipated! The truth is, buying packaged & processed things are the expensive items. $3 for a bag of apples vs. $3 for a bag of chips.. when you really look into it, it’s surprising how much money you might save! Thanks for this article!

  4. Thank you for knowledge,Greatly appreciated!I have found Ad matching for veggies at Walmart saves us over $20 a week.Even more on lean meats.The extra savings really help!

  5. Unfortunately the amount actually spent on healthy food isn’t the only factor in overall cost. There is a time factor as well, but that isn’t what I wanted to go into with this comment.

    One suggestion is to buy in bulk when things are rock bottom prices – this includes FRESH fruits and veggies. If you buy them in bulk but won’t eat them before they go bad, learn to preserve them either by canning, freezing, or dehydrating. When bananas get really cheap here, I buy as many as I can. Then, I peel and slice them up and freeze them. They are perfect in smoothies, or defrost them for banana bread. Steam spinach then put it in the blender with a little bit of the water from the steamer. Blend it up and freeze in ice cube trays – pop a few out and stick them in your smoothie. Make applesauce with apples when they are in season and cheap – eat some now and freeze the rest in ice cube trays or small containers for another day. Steam butternut squash, carrots, or pumpkin, then puree and freeze.

    The life of fresh produce can be extended far beyond the shelf life with creativity.

  6. What are some easy go-to healthy recipes? I am a health conscious college student, but I have trouble finding recipes to make every week/every day.

  7. Great post Heidi! Also Walmart will price match any and all coupons people bring in. I’ve saved a boat load of money by doing that!

  8. Great tips! I have been making pureed food for my now 7-month old and it has introduced me to lots of delicious (and inexpensive) veggies! It is so much cheaper to make him healthy home-made options than to buy the colorless options pre-made. My family saves lots of money by cooking and eating at home (with left-overs for lunches). I have also recently downloaded the Paprika app, and it makes grocery shopping and meal planning a breeze!

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