Healthy eats are important, but sometimes it can feel like our budgets get in the way of our best intentions. When money’s tight, it seems like food is one of the first places a lot of folks cut back.
Luckily, healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive!
Grow Your Own, Cook Your Own
You don’t get more local than veggies harvested from your own garden. Whether you’re living in a house or an apartment, it’s possible to grow your own fruits, veggies, and herbs. Every tomato you grow yourself is one less you have to buy at the store!
Cooking at home is another amazing cash saver. You don’t have to make elaborate meals every night. A simple pasta dish or salad will do the trick on busy days, and you’ll save a bundle over restaurant food.
Cut the Meat
One really easy way to save money and eat better is to cut out, or at least cut back on, the animal products. Meat and dairy are so expensive!
It’s easy as pie to cook up healthy, meat free meals. With the money you save on meat, you can splurge on organic veggies, beans, nuts, and grains and still tighten your food budget.
Buy in Bulk
When you’re shopping for things like beans and grains, it’s much cheaper to hit the bulk bins at your local co-op. Dried foods like these keep for ages, and it’s a cheap way to stock your pantry.
Not only are beans and whole grains inexpensive, they’re excellent meat free sources of protein!
Do you guys have any tips on how to eat well while sticking to your budget?
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