Hi! I’m Mikey Rox, and this is Spend Savvy, the super short show where I deliver money-saving tips and tricks for everyday life.
Today’s question is, ‘How Can I Eat Healthy on a Budget?’
A lot of people don’t eat as healthy as they should because they think they can’t afford healthy foods. It’s true that a lot of the junk food we consume costs less than healthier alternatives, but there are corners you can cut to get the nutrition your body needs without going broke. Here are six helpful tips to help put better food in your fridge while keeping more money in your wallet.
- Scour your local supermarket circulars for the best deals on produce, lean meats and seafood. Not every supermarket is created equal, and you’ll be surprised at how drastically prices vary from place to place. Compare the deals and scoop up the best ones.
- Sign up for grocery store club cards. They’re designed for loyal customers to receive exclusive discounts on selected grocery items — and they’re free. You’ll be amazed by how much you can save with one simple swipe.
- Try to avoid frozen and processed foods. They’re cheap for a reason — because they’re not good for you.
- Buy in bulk when you spot a good deal. Many fruits and vegetables can be frozen, so for example, if you love fresh strawberries and they’re half price, buy two packages. You can enjoy one package now and freeze the other to enjoy later.
- Clip coupons! Coupons save you lots of money on things you already buy. But beware. Just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean you have to use it. Consider if you really need the item for which you have a coupon? Will you eat it? Is it good for you? If you think it has potential to go to waste, skip it.
- Eat meals at home. The food you buy on the go is far inferior to whatever you’d make at home — and it’s a lot more expensive. Think of it this way — for the price of one dinner at a moderately priced restaurant, you could have filled your cabinets with a week’s worth of healthy food.
I hope these six tips encourage you to look for discounts on healthier foods so you can avoid those junk foods all together. Until next time, stay Spend Savvy.