Often people argue that eating healthy also means having to spend large amounts of money.
Why is that? Well there is this idea that to eat healthy means to eat only the best, healthiest and most fresh products that there is. That is why it’s also common for people who started eating healthy to midway revert back to their old eating habits.
However, this is not entirely true and there are many ways to have a healthy eating lifestyle without spending too much money.
1. Control your portions
We’re not telling you to starve yourself, but actually, it is both healthy and budget wise if you are able to be more conscious about your eating portions.
Some of the many health related benefits it can help you with is that, you would be able to lessen and manage calorie and carbohydrate intake and it can prevent both conscious and compulsive eating.
2. Meal preparation
Meal preparation is actually considered as one of the most strategic ways of eating healthy while on a budget.
Meal preparation helps you in predetermining the meals you will consume, which can help you in seeing and planning the nutritional benefits of your next meal. Also, this saves you time as you can prepare meals for later consumption and can prevent last minute decision making.
This also helps and is closely related to portion control.
3. Food packing
Another budget-friendly way to eat healthy is food packing.
Other than it saves and prevents you from spending money, food packing also helps in making you consume healthier foods. Instead of buying junk food or unhealthy meals, you can stick with your healthy diet and save more.
Also, food packing promotes portion control as you can only pack how much you are planning to eat. Having to buy food means, consuming more than you are supposed to. Also as a safety precaution, you actually know the contents of what you are consuming.
4. Buy in large quantities
Buying in larger quantities or in bulk is actually cheaper than buying in smaller ones in terms of price, also they last longer, so you can lessen your trip going back and forth in groceries and save up on gas.
In addition to this, buying in bulk is more eco-friendly.
5. Grow your own crops
Perhaps this is the most efficient, healthiest and safest way to eat healthy and save money.
Growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs save you a lot of money. There is a large gap between the price of seeds and the actual price of the finished crop, not to mention the number of seeds in a single pack.
It saves you time and money from going into the grocery store and market.
Growing your own crops is also safer because you know if the crops have been contaminated. Not to mention, it helps the environment as you are not buying any products which are placed inside plastic containers.
6. Home cooking
Rather than making the effort of dressing up, going outside, looking for a place to eat and decide on which meal to eat, stay at home and cook your own meals instead.
Cooking your own meal saves you more money as the expense of cooking for 3-4 people is close to the price of going outside and eating for yourself.
Also, cooking your own meals means your choice of food is not limited, you can cook whichever pleases you, in fact, you can even switch up ingredients which are not healthy or appealing to you.
7. Spend when there is a sale
If there is any time wherein it’s okay to spend, it’s on a sale. It’s already cheap if you buy items and stocks per bulk, however, you can save more if you buy them at sales.
Just make sure the things you are buying are the things that you actually need, use the most, and are consuming on a daily basis
8. Control your impulse
One of the main reasons for spending is impulse. When in a grocery store and you come across something that catches your attention or looks delicious but you’re not hungry or you still have some stock at home, do your best to control yourself from buying.
If you have mastered portion control you are most likely able to control your impulse and prevent excessive buying and eating.
9. Avoid luxury supermarkets
Canvass and look for retailers, suppliers, and groceries which offer the best deals on affordable but quality goods. Sometimes, when buying on larger and branded supermarkets, you are more likely to pay for their brand and store ambiance than the actual food you’re buying.
Also, buying from smaller stores can also mean giving support to minimum wage workers.
10. Frozen doesn’t mean bad
There is actually nothing wrong if you prefer having frozen fruits and vegetables rather than fresh ones. In fact, you can save more with frozen ones.
While there is a claim that fresh is better, yes in a way it is, however, the differences are small or minimal, even in terms of nutrition.
So instead of spending a lot for fresh foods which almost has the same nutritional value as the frozen one, be budget friendly and pick frozen food. Furthermore, you can only consume how much is needed and store what is left.
Eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have a luxurious lifestyle or that you need to spend more. There are many ways in which you can have a healthy lifestyle that you want and still be able to save and invest more money.
It takes perseverance and a little time to get used to these budget-friendly tips, however, there is a reward in the long run, and before you know it you would have developed them into a habit
Were you inspired by this article, or do you know anyone who wants a healthy lifestyle but is hindered by the misconception that healthy means expensive, and needs to read this?
Maybe you have your own tips that you would like to share, feel free to share it with us.