Eating healthy is vital, but sometimes this can be tricky to do when we are low on budget. It is possible to eat well without spending a lot of money, but if you are stuck in understanding how to do it, here are several ideas to get you thinking.
Learn to cook
For those people with a busy schedule, eating convenience food such as processed meals and takeaways are an easy and quick option in dealing with mealtimes. Not only is this unhealthy, but it can also be very expensive as well. To save money, become self-sufficient and learn how to cook your healthy meals. If unsure, go online and look for easy to make recipes or attend a local cookery class near you. Not only is cooking your food a cheaper option, but it is also a very rewarding life skill to possess.
Freeze fresh produce
Buying fresh produce can be expensive. When the vegetables you enjoy are in season, buy more than you need, and stick them in the freezer ready for great meals in the months to come. This way, you can always enjoy food that is no longer in season.
Cut down on brand items
We often go for brand items because we trust the name and quality. We are also spending more money in the process. Instead, purchase supermarket or lower priced brands as they often use the same companies as these bigger names and will enable you to save money.
Eat smaller portions
When we are hungry, we tend to pile our plates with more food than we need. Not only is this going to cause chaos to our diet plans, but we are also going to throw away a lot more food when we are full. Therefore, put smaller, more nutritious portions on your plate, and cut down on waste. Your dog may not thank you, lying in wait for those leftovers, but your wallet will.
Cut down on luxury items
Many people spend more time in the sweet section of a supermarket than the fruit aisle. We all deserve a treat from time to time, but save money by buying less, and stocking up on the food that will make up a meal. Sadly, fruit sweets are not going to give you the nutritional value of actual fruit!
Often grocery stores stock the same food but at lower prices in a bid to be competitive with other outlets. Shop around for the best deals, and take advantage of any special offers in store when they arise. Be sure to visit the store just before closing time when fresh products such as bread and cakes are offered at a discount price, as these are usually thrown away, despite being perfectly edible.
It can be an embarrassing nightmare when we get to the checkout of our local grocery store and discover we have gone way over budget. Therefore, sit down at home and plan out the meals you will be cooking in the week. This way you will only be buying what you need, and reducing the possibility of you having to throw food away when it becomes out of date. Also, buy your food online if your store delivers, as you will be able to keep tabs on your spending before hitting the Buy button.
Cheaper cuts of meat
Meat can be expensive, but instead of buying a chicken breast, buy cheaper cuts such as chicken thighs or pork belly, and stew in the slow cooker for that juicy and tender feel.
Chips don’t have to go with everything
Be creative with your side orders, and instead of eating chips with everything, go with something like brown rice and beans as inexpensive ways to bulk up your meals. Not only that, but they can be a tasty meal by themselves.
Blend your food
If you have a lot of leftovers following a meal, find out how to choose the right Vitamix to blend your food for a good nutritious soup or a tasty smoothie
Instead of cooking a separate meal each night, cook one larger dish such as a stew, pack it into portable containers and consume it over the week.
Organize your fridge
To minimize food waste, always eat the perishable items first. Check the dates on any food packaging and stack them in the fridge accordingly. Freezing items of food you are not going to eat straight away is another good idea.
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