Eating healthy can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. You may not have the funds for organic produced and gluten-free packaged goods, but there are some simple changes that you can make in your diet that will save you money while still providing plenty of nutritional value for your family.
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6 Ways to Stay Healthy While Saving Money
1. Stock your pantry with healthy foods. Shopping for healthy foods and keeping them in your pantry will always be more affordable than going out when you’re hungry. Because chances are, when you go outside to eat, it’s not going to be healthy and it’s not going to be cheap (i.e. fast food, restaurant). So stock the pantry. (See also: Foods that boost your immune system.)
2. Eat more fresh produce and less packaged goods. And you may wonder why is this cheaper ’cause you may think that it’s going to be more expensive. But realize that nutrient-dense foods are, in the long run, going to be cheaper. If you eat foods that are nutrient-dense, you don’t have to eat as much food to get good nutrition. So you’ll eat less. But if the food isn’t nutrient-dense, you’ll tend to eat more. For example, a big bag of chips is going to cost you $5 and a big bag of apples is going to cost $3.99. And ou’ll eat so many of those chips in one sitting, and chances are you’re not going to get past one or two apples to feel full. And that’s where you get to save more money.
3. Plan out your meals for the week in advance. This is to save time and money because when you don’t know what you’re eating, you will be tempted to go outside and settle for unhealthy and costly foods. So shopping and planning in advance helps you to ensure that you’re going to eat well and not have any opportunities for less healthy choices.
4. Cook at home instead of eating out or ordering takeout as much as possible. If you’re handling one to three, then you’re going to naturally choose to eat at home. This is going to save you significant amounts of money.
5. Saving money by buying in bulk. Especially for rice, beans, and potatoes, bulk purchases will almost always cost you less. Now just make sure that you’re really going to eat what you purchase because the waste will increase your costs. We want to be throwing away as little as possible. So buy in bulk, but make sure you eat it.
6. Keep a list of cheap recipes that you can make that are still nutritious and delicious.
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