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Eat Healthy At Minimum Expense

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Apr 24, 2016
Eat Healthy At Minimum Expense

The Dollar Menu at McDonalds might seem like a deal but the amount you save by closing your wallet might later be reflected in the increase of your waistline. Furthermore, taking the cheap route in your daily eating habits can actually cost you more money down the line in healthcare costs. Nearly $200 billion a year are spent by Americans on healthcare related to obesity.

Many people feel though that healthy eating is simply out of their financial reach. However, following a nutritious diet doesn’t have to involve pricy trips to the farmer’s market or high-end grocery stores. By making a few changes to your routine, you can cut costs and calories at the same time, while also improving your health and reducing the chance of future medical expenses.

  • Plan your meals ahead of time and bargain hunt! Make a budget and take the time to look for deals at competing grocery chains. Don’t just throw out weekly flyers, go through them for sales and keep coupons. A little preparation goes a long way in saving you money before you hit the supermarket.
  • Buy products that last. Food spoilage is a huge waste of your dollars. Many people think this is a reason that you shouldn’t buy fresh fruits and vegetables when trying to save money but that’s actually not true. You simply have to be careful to look for produce that has a longer shelf life including apples, oranges, and root vegetables like carrots, onions, and potatoes. Quinoa is a healthy and versatile grain that has a shelf life of several years if kept dry.
  • Avoid paying for junk food, food delivery, take-out, and dining out. Americans spend an average of 10 percent of their disposable income on fast food each year. The extra costs associated with delivery fees, restaurant mark-ups, and tips can take a big chunk out of your wallet. Cooking and preparing your own meals is the best way to save money and make sure that what you are eating is healthy. You can also spread out healthy meals for days by eating leftovers.

And if you are a fan of gardening, try growing your own herbs and vegetables. Summer is the perfect time to try out that green thumb and get an on-hand supply of fresh produce. Before buying seeds, do some research on vegetables that are easy to grow like tomatoes, bell peppers, and zucchini.

If you want tips on how to eat organic on a limited budget, check out the Broke Organic’s guide to buying produce and kitchen essentials