If you’re struggling to put food on the table you know how expensive that food is becoming. The food budget doesn’t go as far as it used to and you have problems eating healthier food. It is actually possible to eat healthy with just a few modifications to your buying habits. Here’s how you can eat healthy on a restricted budget.
Buy on Sale
Make sure you make the bulk of your food purchases when the food is on sale. It makes no sense to pay full price and if you shop around you can find sales all over the place. Only buy full price if you absolutely must have something. Here are some ideas on what you should buy:
- Bag of potatoes
- Bag of onions
- Bag of carrots
- Bag of brown rice
- Bag of oatmeal
- Dried beans
These are all low-cost staple items and you can make great meals with these foods. If you buy meats you should consider buying a slow cooker as you can buy cheaper cuts of meat and create a full meal. Add some cut up vegetables and then put the meat and vegetable over a bed of brown rice.
Rice and Beans
Rice and beans is a very healthy meal and this is cheap to prepare. You can eat this as it is or get some tortilla wraps and have it that way. Dried beans are much cheaper than the canned ones and they last forever. Beans can give you the protein you need when you can’t afford regular high-cost meats or fish.
Oatmeal is a low cost highly nutritious meal and with bagged cereal getting smaller and more expensive it makes sense to switch to oatmeal. By adding in a bit of brown sugar or some cut up fruit you can make it taste better if you don’t like it plain.
Another way to save on your food budget is to shop at dollar stores. You can often find tuna, salmon, sardines and other healthy fish at these stores. Sometimes they also have pasta sauce, pasta, soups or small bags of rice too.
Freeze to Use Later
When you make a meal consider making extra and freezing it. For example you can make larger pots of soup or chili and then freeze the extras. This is ideal as you might not be able to afford the ingredients again for a while if you’re trying to stick to your budget. If you buy a larger cut of meat such as a chicken of sale you should use the whole thing. Add the bones to a soup pot and make some soup out of the meat. You can get a lot of soup out of one chicken carcass.
Saving Money on Food Takes Effort
You can save money on food and eat healthy but you need to be smart about it. Don’t buy anything at the full price and consider getting a slow cooker so you can cook up low cost meats. Beans and rice are cheap and this can make a full meal. Try shopping at dollar stores for some staple items and freeze food you don’t use so you can eat it later.
John Stewart is a keen health and fitness enthusiast. John currently works for JG Supplements, a business specalising in fermented cod liver oil in the UK. John writes on many health topics, his favourite topics include digestion, anxiety and sleep issues.