Healthy Eating on a Budget

Eat well, save money and time. It may take a bit of planning but you can save time, money, and most importantly:  eat well.  You’ll see and feel the difference!

Tips to shop for your health:

  • Shop when you are not hungry or stressed.  People who shop when they are hungry tend to buy more and unhealthy food.
  • Shop in season. Buying produce in season typically means it will not only taste better but be more nutritious and affordable.
  • Buy frozen if you can’t find fresh.  Frozen produce typically retains its nutrients and is healthier than canned and keeps for a long time.
  • Shop mostly the perimeter of the store. You will typically find fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein foods on the outer aisles of the store. Middle isles usually contain pasta, canned tuna, peanut butter and other packaged foods that are less nutritious.

Tips to save money and time:

  • Make a list and stick to it. Making a list will help you avoid impulse buys that can be budget busters and often unhealthy.
  • Compare unit prices. Bigger is not always better. Use the unit price to compare similar products and make sure you’re getting the most for your money.
  • Try store brands. On average store brands are 28% cheaper, and most often the quality is the same or better than name brands.
  • Drink tap water. Bottled water is often tap water with a great label – nearly all tap water is safe and healthy, so drink it and save a bundle.
  • Buy in bulk. Buy large quantities, especially when foods are on sale. This will save you money and extra trips to the grocery store.
  • Go to one grocery store. Shopping in one place will save you time and gas.


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