Healthy Eating Tips On A Tight Budget
We all know that the economy and the cost of living can really tighten the purse strings. Finding ways to make healthy meals may be hard, but with some cost saving tips and tricks, you will realize that eating healthy and saving money doesn’t have to be time consuming or a chore.
The first thing you should know is that 90% of the time the store brand of any food is the same quality and has the same ingredients as the name brands. Name brands cost more for the same quality, and most of the time, the same taste. So instead of spending $2.50 for a jar of Prego pasta sauce, the store brand Rinaldi goes for $1.25 a jar (and their jars are usually bigger too!) some brands can save you nearly half of your shopping budget.
Coupons are your friend! Many people feel too embarrassed to use coupons when it comes to grocery shopping. Some worry it may make them look cheap, poor, or some other way in which they feel emotional distress. Don’t worry folks! Using coupons makes you the superior shopper. You are saving money, learning how to find deals, and best of all, you are learning a skill that can be valuable to you for years to come and may just be something you can teach someone else.
Have you ever noticed that quick prepare foods and frozen dinners often cost more than if you bought the individual ingredients? That’s because convenience is expensive. Instead of the frozen version of your favorite food, why not try making it at home? Not only will you save money by purchasing the ingredients to make it, you will also save your health by knowing how it is prepared and that the ingredients are fresh. Frozen foods are often packed with other ingredients that help food stay frozen (think preservatives here) and many can wreak havoc on your body. Preparing yourself allows you to know it is fresh and healthier.
If you are able to, try to make more of your own meals, you can make a bigger batch of a dish and then freeze some for an easy meal another day. In doing so, you can see what goes into your food and you can make healthier choices about what you put into your body. Again, you save money when you purchase fresh ingredients over frozen and prepackaged. In preparing your own meals, not only are you saving money by not throwing out food you have already cooked once from a frozen package that cant be reheated, you are able to better portion your meals and in cooking at home, you can freeze and reheat your meals that you know are healthy and have not been in the freezer past an expiration date.
Saving money when it comes to healthy eating sounds hard, and sometimes it can be. If you learn how to look for deals, and start practicing healthier eating habits, you will find that you are saving time and money, and your health will thank you!