Every day, families just like yours are trying to figure out how to have nutritious, healthy meals on a budget. It isn’t always easy to make those healthy meals for your family and stay within your budget. We’ve compiled eight easy tips to help you feed your family healthy foods and keep to your financial goals.
- Purchase in Bulk. This will only work for dry or canned foods, but buying in bulk can save you a substantial amount of money and ensure you always have food in the cabinets.
- Plan Ahead. Think about what meals you want to make, and then create a grocery list. Having a list helps you avoid grabbing items you don’t need and helps make your trip quicker and more efficient.
- Buy Frozen Foods. Frozen foods, like bulk items can be stored for long periods of time. As a result, you don’t have to worry about wasting fresh ingredients if they don’t get used in time.
- Don’t be Scared to Use Coupons. Many popular health food stores run weekly specials and coupon specials. You can use those specials to your advantage if you take a little time to get involved. Especially with more expensive items, using coupons and taking advantage of specials can really save you money.
- Buy Your Food in Season. When food items are in season they are cheaper. In the winter: cauliflower, beets, squash, collard greens and broccoli are all in season. In the fall: apples, carrots, sweet potatoes and leeks. In the summer: spinach, peppers, tomatoes and berries will be good go-tos.
- Maximize Your Leftover Potential. Using left-overs to create new meals or packing them up in lunches saves time but it also helps you maximize your spending power. Repackage meats into sandwiches, add leftover veggies to stir-fry or omelets.
- Buy Generic. Avoiding Name-Brand products whenever you can (make sure the nutritional value is comparable) will help keep costs down.
- Don’t be Swayed by Convenient Options. “Individually packaged” and “pre-cut” are good indications that you’re going to be paying a premium for the convenience they’re providing. You can separate out portions into small bags and cut up fruits and veggies yourself and save money.