Fresh produce. Less meat. Clean eating. If you’ve been doing research on how you and your family can eat healthier, these are probably some of the topics you’ve come across. But then, once you look over your budget, you might question if adjusting your lifestyle in this way is even possible. Grocery stores aren’t getting any cheaper and sometimes the canned and processed stuff seems more affordable than everything else.
If this has been your dilemma, you’re in luck! There are some proven ways that you can incorporate healthy eating into your home without breaking the bank in the process. The following seven steps will show you how.
1. Get fruits and veggies in season
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It’s a good idea to know which fruits and vegetables are in season. Not only will you be able to get the most nutrients from them, but they’re also at their cheapest during that time period. Apples are best in the fall. Root veggies? The winter. Definitely eat berries in the late spring and summer. You can learn more about what foods are best in each season by checking here.
2. Avoid processed foods
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Processed foods are cheaper, but not in the long run. All of the high fructose corn syrup, additives, preservatives and food coloring can cause all sorts of health issues down the road. Another problem with processed food is it can “trick” your body into thinking it’s getting all of what it needs, which can lead to overeating. It really is best to buy fresh produce and lean-cut meats. A couple of extra dollars now can help you to avoid more doctor’s visits later.
3. Drink tap water
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Contrary to popular belief, not all water is created equal. Many plastic bottles contain toxins (including BPA). Plus, bottled water is not sustainable (which is bad for the environment) and can start to add up (cost-wise) too! Meanwhile, tap water comes with your monthly water bill. If you’re concerned about the amount of fluoride that might be in it, first contact your local water company. Then purchase a filter to go onto your faucet. Many cost less than $25 and can last you several months.
4. Grow some of your own veggies
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One of the best ways to know what’s in your food is to grow it yourself. Seeds come a dime a dozen (almost literally). Mostly what you’ll be investing is energy and sweat equity. And here’s the thing: You can start out small. There are herbs (and even a few fruits and vegetables) that you can grow inside of Mason jars. Click here to learn more.
5. Go local
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One way to tell your local farmers “thanks” for all that they do is to buy food directly from them. You can do this by going to your city’s local Farmer’s Market. Also, many farmers set up booths on the side of main roads. To be honest, this doesn’t guarantee the food will be cheaper, but it will be top quality and sometimes they will give you extra items for free. Plus, you can freeze fresh produce to use at a later date.
6. Clip coupons
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Millions of dollars are wasted every year, simply because people do not make the time to clip a few coupons. These days, you don’t even need scissors. There are websites you can visit to download coupons to your website. Some include Coupons, The Krazy Coupon Lady and Passion for Savings.
7. Use cash
If you’re taking your credit card to the grocery store, remember that it’s not cash. Credit cards are not free money. They are loans that come in little plastic cards that you have to pay back, with interest. It’s better to write down a list of what you need, to go shopping on days when there are great deals (ask your store’s management team) and if you have a problem with paying your bills, to stick to cash only. That will prevent you from getting a bill later in the month that includes more than what you paid for.