Eating healthy and saving money are not mutually exclusive. To help you keep costs down while still eating the nutritious diet that your body needs, we have compiled five ways to eat healthily and save money in this article.
Some people think that healthy eating is synonymous with spending a lot of money on special food items but that is not necessarily true. With the right planning and practices, it is possible to save money yet eat nutritious meals that will keep you healthy.
It is possible to save money yet eat nutritious meals.
1. Cook Your Own Meals
The first way to save money yet still eat healthily is to prepare your own meals from scratch. Forget microwave dinners, pre-cooked items, pre-cut vegetables and similar items. Ditch the takeaway and make your own food at home. Buying fresh produce means you know what is in your food and don’t have to pay extra for factory costs. “Convenience foods” are generally more expensive have less nutritional value than food made at home.
2. Buy Food in Bulk
Another way to eat healthily and save money is buying in bulk. That means that you have to plan your meals in advance so you know what you need on a weekly basis. This reduces the number of trips you make to the store, which results in lower transport costs and reduces the chance that you will overspend by buying unnecessary items when you’re at the store.
While doing your weekly shopping for groceries, it is important that you don’t go when you’re hungry. Being hungry increases the likelihood of you spending money on sweets, soft drinks and processed foods, which are expensive and generally have little if any nutritional value. Go shopping when you aren’t hungry, your wallet and your body will thank you.
4. Sign up for a Reward Card at Your Food Store
Signing up for a reward card at the store you do your weekly shopping will save you money while still supporting the habit of eating healthy. It is likely that the store will periodically run promotions that can save you money such as validating points for goods or discounts on certain items.
Bring your own lunch and snacks to work.
5. Pack Your Lunches and Snacks
Pre-prepared lunches and snacks are usually fairly expensive and full of preservatives. Evade the temptation to buy pre-prepared foods by bringing your own lunch and snacks to work. This saves you money and ensures that the food you consume has nutritional value.