25 Ways to be Healthy for Cheap

It is one of the hardest things you will do to figure out how to eat healthy on a budget! Cheap food is generally not healthy and healthy food isn’t cheap. It is possible, though, to have a budget and live a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few ways to eat good and still save.

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  1. Frozen Food
    • Frozen fruit and Veggies are typically cheaper than buying fresh and still have most or all of the nutrients.
  2. Markdowns
    • Grocery stores regularly markdown meat and produce when it is close to “sell by” date.
    • Some stores markdown at night, others do in the morning. Don’t be afraid to ask an employee what the best time to shop for markdowns is
  3. Stop Going out to Eat
    • Preparing meals at home is MUCH cheaper than going out, especially if you have a large family.
  4. No Meat Meals
    • It may not be an option for everyone, but leaving off the meat will save you calories and money!
  5. Pack a Lunch
    • Even if you aren’t with the family and you don’t want to be left out at the office, making a habit of not buying lunch will save you tons of money and more than likely help you eat healthier too.
  6. Garden
    • Growing your own fruits and vegetables is the cheapest way get produce AND eat organic.
  7. Buy Dry Goods in Bulk
    • Buying food in bulk is great way to save, but you want to make sure you aren’t buying anything that will go to waste.
  8. Farmers Market
    • If gardening isn’t your style, try shopping at farmers markets.
    • You can usually get seasonal produce cheaper there than the super market.
  9. Freeze/ Preserve Food
    • No matter how you get your produce, learning how to freeze or preserve food can save you money buy insuring you have healthy food on hand for long periods of time.
  10. Sales
    • Don’t rule out a good, old fashioned sale.
    • Stock up on things when they are at their cheapest and you will have enough until it goes on sale again.
  11. Off Brands
    • Off brands are usually .50 to $1 cheaper and sometimes more!
    • Usually the off brand is just as good and may have even been produced in the same factory as your favorite brand.
  12. Cut Processed Food
    • Processed food of any kind is usually more expensive.
    • whether it be ready-made meals, sliced fruit or veggies, or “healthy” snack options, you will save money and calories to avoid them.
  13. Meal Plan
    • Meal planing is so important to being healthy on a budget.
    • By setting a budget and planing meals around foods that are healthy and affordable you will be more organized in general when it comes to meal time.
  14. Make a Grocery List
    • After you’ve planned your meals, make a grocery list and stick to it.
    • Going off your list will cause you to overspend and probably for food that isn’t the healthiest!
  15. Think About Price per Nutrient Instead of Price per Calorie
    • This article from Nerdfitness is awesome for changing the way you think about value in terms of food!
    • Think about the nutrition for the price of the food you are buying instead of how much you get for the price.
  16. Stop Drinking Soda
    • Not only is it super healthy to eliminate soda from your diet, it will save you big money too!
  17. Make Your Own Togo Snacks
    • If you can’t live without snacks and still want to be healthy on a budget there are tons of recipes for low calorie granola, cereal bars, and even some awesome desserts that you can make at home for cheap!
  18. Half Your Meal Should be Veggies
    • It is recommended that half of ever meal be made up of plant based food. Keep your meat portions small to save calories and money!
  19. Eat Breakfast
    • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason.
    • Eating a healthy breakfast sets the tone of your eating habits for the day.
    • Skipping breakfast usually leads to poor choices later in the day.
  20. Smaller Portions
    • Keeping meat and other more expensive or indulgent food portions limited in your diet will save you money on the most expensive part of a meal.
  21. Save/ Freeze Leftovers
    • Do not let any food go to waste.
    • If  you can not re-purpose a meal, make sure it is properly sealed and freeze it for later.
  22. Only Buy Enough for One Week
    • When you are excited about starting a healthy lifestyle it may be easy to go to the store and buy out the produce section!
    • Even though you have good intentions, most of that food is going to waste.
    • Plan your meals, make a grocery list, and only buy enough to last you through the week, since most produce doesn’t last longer than that in the fridge, anyway.
    • When you get home from shopping, go ahead and prep your produce so it will be at arms reach when you need a quick snack or meal.
  23. Breakfast for Supper
    • I usually have a smoothie for breakfast, unless it is the weekend, but I do like to take advantage of breakfast for supper about once a month.
    • Even with bacon or sausage it can be a healthy and cheap meal option.
  24. Ibotta and Dosh
    • Ibotta is amazing for getting deals on groceries including milk and produce. If you sign up with my referal code dlnprwr you’ll get a bonus just for joining!
    • Dosh is another awesome money saving app that gives you cash back in stores, at restaurants, and when you book hotels. You’ll get a bonus when you sign up here and you’ll also get your own code to share with your friends.
    • I shared mine with my facebook friends and got a great response.
  25. Dumpster Dive
    • Okay, I admit, this is a little unorthodox and could be illegal in some places, but grocery stores throw out unbelievable amounts of food everyday, especially produce. If you’re brave enough, it’s free food! But don’t tell them I said so.

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