With inflation high and food prices rising, people on fixed incomes are feeling the burn. Some are having a tough time finding healthy food that’s affordable. Fortunately, there are ways to eat healthy on a budget. The right combination of planning and bargain shopping will help you reach your goals. Read on to find out how you can find nutritious food without blowing your budget.
Coupons are Your Best Friend
Coupons are a great way to save money on food. Many grocery stores now offer coupons online. Click on the coupon and it will automatically upload to your account. The savings will be subtracted when you ring up our order. You no longer need to clip coupons, take them with you, and remember them at checkout. Most grocery stores also hand out circulars or weekly ads with specials and sales. Look at these circulars in advance so you know which brands to shop for.
Stay on a Budget
It’s difficult to stay on a budget when shopping. Some weeks will cost more than others depending on your grocery needs. But you can set a budget for how much you will spend on each item. For example, you may set a cereal budget for yourself by agreeing to spend no more than $3 a box. You can stick to your budget by stocking up when foods are on sale. This strategy means you won’t have to buy overpriced food out of desperation.
Choose Affordable Healthy Foods
Healthy food is often expensive- but not always! Beans, brown rice, and oatmeal are examples of food that is healthy and affordable. Buy frozen or canned fruits and vegetables instead of the pricier fresh varieties. They are nutritional, versatile, and long lasting.
Avoid Buying Organic Products
Organic products are advertised to be healthier than non-organic products. They are also more expensive. Is the health factor worth the price? For example, organic fruit is not treated with pesticides. Non-organic fruit may have pesticide residue on it, but it can be removed with a good washing. What’s more, organic food that’s been sitting on the shelf for a while may lose its nutritional value.
Buy Store Brands
Most grocery stores sell generic brands that are just as good as the real thing. They may lack the flashy packaging, but they still have high nutritional value. What’s more, they can save you 20% to 30% on your grocery bill.
Grow Your Own
People with a green thumb may consider growing their fruits and vegetables at home. Many of these items can be grown indoors. Statistics show you can save over $2400 annually by growing your garden.
Healthy food may be expensive, but there are ways to find affordable food with high nutritious value. Look for savings, stay on a budget, buy store brands, and avoid organic to save money and maintain optimal wellness. We hope these grocery shopping tips will help you make quality meals and leave money in your wallet!
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