Author: Holly J Coley
It’s too expensive to buy healthy food.
We hear this all the time and we’re going to level with you, it’s annoying. Not only is it a lame excuse but it’s simply not true.
Don’t think we’re being judgmental. There was a time when we thought it was impossible to eat healthy without spending a lot too. But the fact is we were doing it wrong. We made a lot of rookie mistakes, like stocking up on vegetarian frozen dinners and buying fancy juices. If we could stop our former selves we’d slap our hand as it reached for the organic gluten free crackers. Pleazze, learn from our missteps by using these tips the next time you hit the store. You’ll be shocked how much you’ll save.
1.Shop the perimeter of the supermarket. Regardless if you’re an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan, this is where you will find the staples of a whole diet. Produce, proteins, nut milks and dairy are all found on the outskirts of the store and is where you should be buying the bulk of your food.
2.Buy vegetables and fruit that have not been pre-cut or washed. We know that means you’ll be spending more time rinsing, grating and cutting but you’ll be saving a decent chunk of change by doing things the old fashion way.
3.Shop seasonal foods. There are lots of benefits of doing this, including paying a cheaper price for goods. Remember, when something is out of season, the harder (and more expensive) it is for a store to stock it.
4.Limit how much meat you buy. If you eat meat, consider limiting it to a once or twice a week thing. There are lots of other ways to get protein, like nuts, seeds, beans, and soy products. And if you are going to buy meat, splurge on the organic stuff. It’s worth it in the end.
5.Limit packaged foods. If you want to enjoy a lighter bill, keep the packaged foods to a minimum. Not only do they tend to be processed (think chips, pastas, boxed desserts) but the prices are generally higher than other food items.
HOW DO YOU SAVE MONEY AT THE GROCERY STORE? LET US KNOW.