Cutting Cost: Clean Eating on a Budget

photo credit received 2/5/16 link: http://skintdad.co.uk/2014/06/budget-recipes-easy-meals/
photo credit received 2/5/16 link: http://skintdad.co.uk/2014/06/budget-recipes-easy-meals/

One of the challenges faced on the road to healthier living is cost.  People calculate time consumption, gym fees and clean eating and quickly get discouraged. It’s easy to draw that conclusion when comparing a value meal at national food chains, versus the cost of a chicken Caesar salad. However, clean eating is not as expensive as perceived.  In fact, most can become better versions of themselves thanks to at home exercises, and a few of my shared tips on eating clean on a budget. Consider the following tips prior to your next supermarket errand:

Buy in bulk.  Bulk foods are cheaper than packaged versions, which is great when seeking really clean and healthy foods. Think beans (easy to cook and cheaper than buying cans), whole grains such as barley, millet and quinoa are considered clean eating and great for meal planning.

Shop Generic- Switching from name brands to generic will save you a ton of money. I frequent discount supermarkets such as: Aldi, Save A lot and farm stands for even bigger discounts.

Clip those coupons. While few take the time to clip and organize coupons, it can definitely add up in the savings department. Typically, you won’t find a lot of sales on bulk items or fresh produce. On the flipside, stores will print coupons for a certain discount on your entire order, as opposed to the manufacturer offering a discount on one specific item. Keep your eyes open for these deals.

Cook from scratch. I know, I know. You don’t have time to cook every day. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can create home cooked meals every day of the week. Plan to cook and freeze portions of large recipes on the weekend.

Buy the whole bird. Buy a whole chicken. Yes, it seems pricey at first but there are so many ways to extend the “life” of that chicken. The meat can be frozen or used in soups, sandwiches or on its own. Thus, you can start to see the actual savings of buying a whole bird.

Eating healthy does not have to be a luxury of the rich, but it does require smart shopping and planning. Some smart shopping in the short term can be beneficial in the long run.

Written by Candice Hurst

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