One of the biggest complaints about healthy eating is that it costs so much money. Buying a double-cheeseburger at a fast food restaurant is around $1.50. However, if you want a salad, be prepared to spend around $6.00 for a nutritious meal. How can a family afford to eat healthy when they are on a budget? According to Joslin’s Diabetes Center, it’s all about budgeting. Here are some tips to ensure your family eats properly.
- Avoid Restaurants
The biggest way to save money and lose weight is by cooking. Eating out sure comes with a huge price tag, not to mention the drinks and tips. Cooking the same meal can be done at a fraction of the cost.
- Watch For Sales
Most grocery stores have sales on their produce. Watch for sales and stock up. Many vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and even onions can be frozen. Make individual bags that can be quickly pulled from the freezer and made into a delicious meal.
- Don’t Forget The Day Old Bins
Watch for the day old bins where things are marked down. Not only produce but also things that are close to the expiration date. While the expiration date may be fast approaching, most foods are good long beyond their shelf-life.
- Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is a great way to get more for less. For instance, you can get a huge roll of hamburger for around $20, but a single pound of hamburger may cost you around $4.00. Cutting the roll into smaller sections will serve many meals. Not to mention save you a ton of money on you per meal cost.
- Shop The Farmer’s Markets
Most areas have a farmer’s market that sells fresh produce. You can always get great deals when the items are locally grown. You are removing the middleman, which equals great savings. Plus, farmers have the ability to sell the freshest produce as it doesn’t have to travel for miles on end to get to its destination.
By following these five tips, you can learn how to cook healthy and save. Don’t forget to coupon and watch your local store for their normal mark down times. Shopping early is usually better.