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Help! I Want to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Feb 3, 2020, 10:54 AM

We’ve all been there or know someone that has: “I want to eat healthy, but it’s so expensive.” Sure, you may need to spend a little more on some fresh fruits and veggies than you would on a five-pound bag of potatoes and salty ramen noodles. However, with some careful planning, you can create a healthy menu on a budget. Here’s how:

  1. Buy produce in season and freeze it. Not only does seasonal produce give you “more bang for your buck,” but it also tastes better. After all, how great could a pale red tomato be purchased in the middle of winter? Especially when it costs about four times as much as it does in the summer.
  2. Focus on Fiber. Fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains are super healthy – and cheap. Want the best deal on beans? Buy them dry instead of canned – they are a fraction of the price.
  3. Go Generic. In some cases, certain generic-brand and name brand items contain the same ingredients – and they may even be manufactured in the same location. It’s worth noting that buying generic doesn’t always save you money, but there are a few staples you should consider:
    • Milk and juice
    • Spices, flour and sugar
  4. Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk may be a hefty investment at first, but it can save you quite a bit in the long run. The price per piece / per pound can, compared to smaller packages, is typically less when you buy in bulk. Plus, you won’t have to add these items to your list as often!
  5. Replace meat with other forms of protein. Try having one to two days a week where you incorporate other forms of protein into your diet, such as: legumes, eggs or canned fish. These are all very inexpensive, nutritious and easy to prepare and have a long shelf life.

Looking for more ways to save money? Stay tuned for the U.S. Eagle blog for more money-saving tips to help you live your life while keeping more money in your savings account.

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