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7 Tips For Eating Healthy on a Budget

November 15, 2015

By Brad & Melanie Hasse of Adapt-Well.Com

Today we’re going to address one of the most common questions we get about eating real, whole food – How can we buy those healthful foods without spending half our paychecks at the grocery store? We hear ya!

We all know buying real food like fruits, veggies, meat, and nuts can often be more expensive than their prepackaged and processed counterparts. To avoid those processed foods as much as possible, we’ve got to figure out a way to get our healthy groceries without spending a fortune. Whatever your budget is, I’m sure we could all stand to save some green on our grocery bill. We’ve come up with a list of some helpful ideas that won’t break the bank.

  1. Prioritize your spending. 
    Sure, it would be great to buy all grass-fed and pasture-raised meat and organic fruit, veggies, and nuts all the time, but for some that’s just not in the budget week-to-week. Make a list of what is important to you, and go from there. For example, we really try to buy all pasture-raised eggs, and they’re easily available in our area, so we make that a priority. Organic strawberries, however, are a bit harder to find, so we buy organic when we can and conventional when we can’t.
  2. Plan your meals. 
    Plan at least one week of meals and make a grocery shopping list for those meals before heading to the store. If you know exactly what you’re going to need for the week, you won’t randomly buy things that might spoil before they’ve been used. Also, try to combine ingredients into several meals. For example, if you need ½ can of tomato paste for one recipe, try to plan for another recipe where you can use the other ½ can so it doesn’t just get thrown out after it sits in your fridge for 2 weeks (speaking from experience!).
  3. Shop local. 
    Farmers markets are a great source of local, organic, and seasonal produce. They usually sell their goods for the same price (or cheaper) of those found in the grocery store. Shopping near the end of the day might also snag you some good deals on their produce. Likewise, local farms are a great source for quality meat that was raised well. Seven Sons offers home delivery in northwest Indiana!
  4. Buy in bulk. 
    Most local farms will sell bundles of meat at a reduced price. You can often purchase ¼, ½, or a whole animal and freeze the meat for several months. If even ¼ animal is too much for you or your family, split the meat with another family or two to still get the savings.
  5. Shop sales. 
    Grocery stores are ALWAYS running sales, so check out your local grocery store’s ad before planning your meals. Base your meals off of what meat is on sale that week for the best bang for your buck. Also, purchase items on sale and freeze for later use. 5 lb. bag of carrots on sale for $3? Get it! Use what you can for that week and freeze the rest.
  6. Freeze leftovers. 
    We eat the previous night’s dinner leftovers for lunch every day. If you don’t think that will work for you, or you won’t eat the leftovers before the go bad, freeze them! So much money is wasted on food that has spoiled, so be sure to think about that as you plan meals and shop.
  7. Give organ meat a try. 
    Really! Organ meat like liver, heart, and kidneys is always cheaper than the normal cuts of meat, and they are extremely nutrient-dense. Learn to prepare these super healthy foods in a way that your family likes, and they can be a great addition to your typical meals.

Bottom line, even if you can’t afford to eat organic or grass-fed, eating whole foods like vegetables, fruits, and meat is still a better option than reaching for a bowl of cereal or a donut.

By Brad & Melanie Hasse of Adapt-Well.Com

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