One of the reasons why people say they don’t eat healthier is because it costs too much to do so. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways to decrease your food budget and still eat healthy. And it doesn’t have to be difficult to do it. If you’re trying to get more greens and other healthy things into your diet, here are four ways to do just that.
Seek Sales and Shop with Coupons
According to Southern Living, you can stack the savings if you take advantage of sales and coupons. To do this, you’ll need to start clipping coupons from your local Sunday newspaper or another type of couponing site.
Next, you’ll want to find out if your favorite store takes both store coupons and manufacturer’s coupons in the same purchase. Finally, when the day of the sale comes, you’ll want to get the items that are on sale and for which you have coupons. This technique allows you to eat healthy and on a budget.
Cook and Freeze
Financial guru Dave Ramsey says that those who are trying to save cash should cook healthy meals ahead of time and freeze them. This ultimately helps you save time, as well, since the majority of your meals will be pre-cooked. And as a bonus, you’ll get more savings here if the items you bought were on sale or bought in bulk.
Pack Your Lunch
For many people a trip to the local sandwich shop counts as a healthy lunch out, given that so many sandwich shops offer fresh ingredients, like sliced vegetables, fresh-baked bread, and the like. However, eating lunch in a restaurant can add up and blow your budget.
But there’s a good way to have your sandwich and eat it, too, so to speak. Take a healthy brown-bag lunch with you on most days of the week, but save room in your budget to eat at that healthy sandwich shop once or twice a month.
Have More Meatless Meals
Want to know one of the biggest budget mistakes you’re making right now, according to NBC News? It’s eating too many meals with meat in them. CNN Money reports that you’ll save $750 or more a year just by going vegetarian. In addition to saving money, you will also extend your life and help minimize the harmful environmental effects of the food industry.
Eating healthy is a matter of planning and education. Many people assume that eating healthy costs too much, so they never have learned how to do it. However, with coupons, sales, and bulk items, it’s possible not only to eat healthy, but to enjoy a treat out now and then, too.