Top Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Ballin’ on a budget? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Between paying for school, rent, gas, and other bills, it’s a wonder that we can afford to eat at all! To help out, here are three tips for eating healthy without breaking the bank.


1. Buy in bulk.

And I’m not talking about just for ramen. There are plenty of healthy foods that you can buy in bulk that may seem expensive at first but will save you money in the long run. Grains and spices are especially great to buy in bulk because they last forever. However, you can also buy things like apples, potatoes, nuts, avocados, oranges, and granola bars in bulk as well. Just make sure that what you buy you’re able to eat before it spoils so that you’re making the most of your money!


2. Buy the store brand version of your favorite products.

Maybe you’re a diehard Wonder Bread fan, but buying the Great Value version of it won’t ruin your life (or your sandwiches). Most of the fresh fruits and veggies you come across, won’t have a variance in brands, but there are plenty of products that do! Go ahead and make the swap for your dairy, canned goods, cereals, and snack foods and you’ll be saving dough in no time!


3. Freeze what you can’t eat.

Okay, this one might seem like a stretch for some people, but trust me. There’s a lot of foods that can either be a) preserved by freezing or b) repurposed once frozen and either of these options will save you money! Take spinach for example: sure you can throw it in a salad and let half the bag wilt and go to waste OR you can freeze what you won’t use fresh and throw it into smoothies for an added health kick. You can also freeze meat, fruits, soups, bread, and so much more! Wasting food is wasting money, so make sure you’re stretching your dollar as far as you can.


So there you have it: three top tips for healthy eating that won’t leave you broke. Add these habits to your weekly shopping trips and you’re good to go! Happy shopping!

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