Eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank. You can enjoy satisfying and nutritious meals by following these grocery shopping secrets.
Learn How to Cook
What’s the secret to your successful budget friendly, healthy food success? Learning how to cook! You don’t have to become a master chef, but if you can learn how to cook some simple nutritious meals, you’ll save money each time you cook them. Also, when you cook your own food, there aren’t any added ingredients you’re trying to avoid.
More Ways to Save
Store-brand foods are generally less expensive than bigger brand names and the food tends to be just as tasty. Also, grocery stores tend to list their own brand items in sales. Speaking of sales, when you find food you love, stock up. Let’s say you use ground turkey in a lot of recipes and you see there’s a sale, make room in your freezer and buy as much as you can. This will save you money in the big picture.
Buying fruits and veggies are critical to our healthy eating and they can make our shopping trips expensive. Shopping seasonally is not only more affordable, but you’re also buying more nutritious options.
If you don’t mind spending some time online, a lot of grocery stores are putting coupons on their website which can be added to a club card or store app.
Create a List and Follow it
Go to the store with meals planned and a list in hand. If you have a list, you’re less likely to buy extras and you’ll also always know exactly what you’re spending. Also, don’t go shopping when you’re hungry. Even with a list, your stomach is going to want to veer away from it.
Tasty, Less Expensive Protein
Beans, chickpeas, lentils and dried peas provide great proteins and cost pennies compared to meat and fish. We need protein in order to maintaining a healthy diet, but if meat and fish are not in our budget or if we want to try different dishes, toss these proteins into your cart.
Better quality olive oil tends to have more nutritional benefits and if used sparingly, it can last a long time. Also, keep your favorite spices on hand. They can transform a boring meal to delicious.
Freezers = Best Friends
This is not only for when you want to stock up. You can use it for leftover proteins and produce and anything that is about to go bad. You can chop them all up and make things like soup and then freeze it in small batches and remove when needed.