Eating balanced meals that are full of organic vegetables, complex carbs, and lean protein is the fundamental way to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. But let’s be honest, eating healthy isn’t cheap. As the world continues to evolve, so does our need to eat better sustainable, natural foods.
Eating healthy and saving money do not have to live in foreign lands. They can unite to create a healthier, well-fed world. Here are a few ways to save money on healthier groceries.
Spend Less Money on Other Items
Cut back on other expenses to have more money to buy groceries. Use Groupon coupons whenever available, including when getting fun extras like Ancestry results or when buying need based items like new pairs of shoes.
The more you save in other aspects of your life, the more money you have left over from your paycheck each week to spend on nutritious groceries.
Eat Less Meat
Replace meat with alternative protein sources, like beans, eggs, and tofu. These items sell cheaper than meat but give you the same, or nearly the same, source of nutrients and proteins, and leaves you feeling satisfied and full.
Buy some lean meat like chicken, but mainly stock your pantry and fridge up with non-meat protein items.
Thrive Market, Amazon, and Vitacost are just a few of the many online stores that sell affordable healthy groceries. Shopping for groceries online can save you anywhere from 10 percent to 80 percent more than shopping at a normal grocery store.
Shopping online also helps you compare prices and make sure that you’re getting the best deal possible on each item.
Pay with Cash
Paying with cash makes you more aware of what you’re buying. It forces you to make critical buying decisions to not go over your intended budget. Paying with cash also stops you from impulse buying, and makes you stick to your original list.
Set a budget every shopping trip: only withdraw enough cash to cover this grocery trip (make sure to calculate taxes when making your bank withdrawal). Bring coupons along as an extra back up to make sure you stay on budget. Only clip coupons that fit with your grocery list, and avoid the temptation of using coupons for all the sales.
Instead of buying fresh strawberries, buy the frozen kind. Instead of buying cow’s milk, buy cheaper coconut or almond milk. Instead of buying pre made salads, buy the ingredients for it and use them. Instead of buying name brand products, get generic named ones.
There are a ton of ways to replace some of your everyday grocery items with cheaper alternatives. When constructing your shopping list, think of alternative, cheaper items for many of the more expensive foods.
Cooking helps you resist unhealthy temptations, like those greasy chips hiding in your office drawer, or those free donuts that your husband brings home from work. Cooking more also lets you save more. You save by not eating out too much, and you can stretch your groceries into several meals instead of paying $10 to $20 for one quick meal at a casual dining restaurant.