10 Ways to Save on Your Healthy Food Grocery Bill


 

Feel like you’re spending a fortune on your grocery bill since you started eating a healthier diet? 10 Ways to Save on Your Healthy Food Grocery BillThere is often the concern that eating for optimal health can also break the bank. We might argue that if there is one area in your life that you may want to be willing to spend a little more money on – it’s food – since it pretty directly affects your health. Without good health, well, it’s a tough road. Still, you don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well. Here’s how you can save money and fuel your body and soul:

1) Buy in bulk. Purchase grains, beans, nuts, flours, etc., from the bulk section, rather than individually packaged units. Dry beans for example, are much less expensive in the bulk section than in a can.

2) Stick to basic whole foods. You don’t need to buy every “superfood” green powder or acai-berry bar to boost your health. While some of these “super foods” can do a lot for our bodies and are fun to include, they aren’t necessary. Enjoy these as a special-occasion-addition to your diet and pantry. *As a side note, always check ingredient labels – just because something is market as a healthy choice, doesn’t mean it is. Stick with whole foods as much as possible.

3) Go for foods that give you a big bang for your caloric buck. You don’t need to eat as much of foods that are high in nutrient content and sustain you for longer periods. Stock up on avocado, whole grains (not refined, while flour foods), raw nuts and nut butters.

4) Look for sales. Is the price of that almond butter just too much to bare? It will likely go on sale – wait to purchase it then and maybe get two! You’ll save money in the long-run.

5) Make your food from scratch. Yes, that raw, sprouted granola might put a dent in your wallet – we often pay for the convenience of truly healthy packaged foods. Try making your own instead, with bulk oats, nuts, coconut oil and honey. The more you make yourself, the more money you’ll save!

6) Check out deals on the web. Websites like Vitacost.com have great deals on healthy foods and products. The only downfall – this often doesn’t support your local economy. Still, getting foods like coconut, hemp and olive oils at these websites can save some cash.

7) Get thee to the farm. If you can buy directly from the farmer, you’ll save the extra cost from the middle man (or woman). Visit farmer’s markets and farm stands rather than the grocery and health foods store. (Supporting local here!)

8) Join a CSA. A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) allows you to purchase a share of the farm’s food produced for a season for a much lower cost than if you purchased this fresh, often organic produce in the grocery store.

9) Plan out your meals. Not only does this save you some sanity and can help you to eat better, it also saves your pennies. Food is wasted far less.

10) Eat more vegetable protein and smaller amounts of animal protein. Quality animal foods, like beef, eggs and chicken, can be quite pricey. When you upgrade from the generic grocery store brand of meat to an organic meat from a local farm, you’ll definitely notice the price difference. Enjoy these quality animal foods in smaller amounts and get more of your protein from plant sources, such as beans and lentils, which is much cheaper and healthy addition to your plate!

What tips do you have for reducing food costs?

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