These days it can often be difficult to find healthy food that you really like and can afford. I mean, fruits and vegetables can be crazy expensive (depending on where you’re buying them). And while I typically write about restaurants I figured I’d switch things up for a change. Because let’s be honest, while eating out is something we love, we can’t always afford it. So, here are some of my best tips on how to eat healthy on a budget.
1. Plan your meals
This is probably one of the most important steps to eating healthy on a budget. If you plan your meals accordingly, it will make things easier when you go to the grocery store. Also, it will keep you on track, help you make your grocery list (and stick to it!), and allow you to plan according to your budget.
2. Visit a local farmer’s market
The local farmer’s market is the best place to bargain shop for fresh fruits and veggies. The best part is knowing exactly where your food is coming from! Farmer’s markets are a great place to visit if you’re on a budget (which you know I’m always looking for the best deals). And even if you aren’t, I still recommend making a day of it and supporting your local farmer’s market!
3. Buy seasonal produce
This is another important tip if you’re looking to ball on a budget when it comes to food. BUY SEASONAL PRODUCE! There are a TON of reasons as to why you should buy produce that’s in season. The most important being that it’s cheaper (we all know the rules of supply and demand)! It also tastes better because it’s been harvested at just the right time.
4. Buy in bulk – Visit a BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sam’s Club, or Costco
When it comes to meat I’ve found buying in bulk gets me more bang for my buck. This is why I love that I have a BJ’s Membership. I go maybe twice a month and stock up on all of the meats my household needs (mostly chicken since we try to stay away from too much red meat). Then, all you have to do is freeze them. I like to separate each piece of meat individually (depending on the type) and freeze them – this makes it so much easier than having to defrost ALL of the meat you’ve frozen at one time.
5. Make a trip to Aldi
Aldi always has great deals on their produce. If you’re looking for healthy snacks at a great price, Aldi is the place to go. Aldi also offers a ton of vegetarian, organic, and gluten-free options (if you’re into that sort of thing). I’m certainly not against saving a few extra bucks when it comes to my groceries, that’s for sure!
6. Grow your own herbs and vegetables
The last tip is probably one of my favorites. GROW YOUR OWN VEGGIES. I am HORRIBLE at keeping plants alive but somehow I get lucky with my vegetable and herb garden. There is nothing better than picking a fresh tomato off the vine right in your back yard! I am all for growing my own food – it just makes sense (plus it’s convenient and saves you money).
And there you have it! The 6 tips to consider when you’re trying to eat healthy on a budget. While eating healthy may seem like an expensive alternate to eating out every night, it really is something we should all be mindful of. However, if you’ve read this and are still thinking about pizza and burgers be sure to check out 5 Best Pizza Places near Towson, MD and the 6 Best Burger Places in Towson, MD.