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How to Eat Healthy on a Small Budget

How to Eat Healthy on a Small Budget

KAREN April 8, 2020

With the price of food skyrocketing at an alarming rate, it is becoming difficult for families to stretch their budgets. Everybody has seen articles online and in magazines on how to save money at the grocery store. Some of these tips may sound similar to those articles and some might be something new to think about.

Eliminate junk food

Do your shopping without the distraction of kids or spouses. Taking these people along on a shopping trip will make junk food magically appear in the cart that was not on the list. This is an old tip but one worth repeating. It is very important.

Water or milk instead of soft drinks

If people would only use colas and sodas as a treat, so much money could be saved. A healthy diet requires water and a lot of it. This is something you can get right from your tap at home. If you are concerned about the quality of your tap water, purchasing a filter to improve the quality of that water is still going to be cheaper that the amount of money spent on soft drinks. Milk is something that children should be drinking. Having milk in the house that is competing with soft drinks only makes that milk go bad because nobody drank it. That is a waste of money.

Purchasing fresh fruits in quantity

When fruit is in season, it is so much cheaper to purchase. This can be purchased in such quantities some of it can be frozen and utilized later. Berries freeze well as do melons and peaches. Canning some of these fruits is also something to consider if that is something that is in your skill set.

Meats and beans

The body needs protein and these are two very good sources. Meats, even on sale, are pricey. Beans are a good option to substitute some of that meat intake.

Beans as a substitute

Using beans as a substitute for meat is a good idea. At least a few times a week, having a meal that is centered around the beans rather than around a meat can satisfy even the biggest meat lover's appetite. A bag of dried beans, that will feed a family for days, is very inexpensive.

Fishing

For the price of a fishing license, a family could put away a lot of fish in the season. It is one hobby that rewards people with food. Not only can this fun hobby feed a family, it can also create memories and teach new skills if the whole family is involved. It freezes very well and there are many recipes that can be utilized for variety.

Peanut butter

Allergies aside, peanut butter is a good source of protein and it is fun for kids to eat. It can also be used in desserts and that will help with keeping the budget in check as well if a food can do more than one duty.

Eggs

Another source of good protein, eggs are still a cheap food overall. These can be used as a breakfast food, in salads, in sandwiches and as an ingredient in those peanut butter cookies.

Food high in water content

These could be good choices to help fill the tummy. Watermelon, salads and gelatin are examples of these kinds of foods.

  1. Food high in fiber

Foods high in fiber will keep you full for a long time and keep the body running smoothly.

  1. Gardening

Even if yard space is limited, the ability to grow some fresh vegetables is something that should be done on whatever scale is available. Another thing to consider is indoor gardening. Many vegetables can do very well indoors and do not get any bigger than any other house plant.

Eating healthy, even with the fast rising cost of food, is possible. Making some good choices and changing eating habits are both going to be necessary in order to be able to continue to feed the family good food. It does not take a lot of money but it does take time in planning and rethinking the way we think about where and how to acquire food.