Lots of people say they can’t eat healthy because it’s too expensive. And, I get it. Your grocery bill is likely one of the biggest recurring bills you have each month. However, you can make anything work if you want it bad enough. So, as I’ve made the transition to a healthier diet for our family, I’ve had to focus on ways that I can buy more nutritious food without maxing out our grocery budget. While I may spend a little more every once in a while, with a few simple strategies, I’ve been able to stick right within our monthly grocery budget. So, I wanted to share my “tips and tricks” with you so that you know that you too can eat healthy without breaking the budget.
How I Stick to Our Budget But Still Eat Healthy
Eating nutritious foods is a priority for us, but so is sticking to our budget. So, I’ve had to strike a fine balance between cutting costs without tanking our nutrition. Once I got started on it, I realized it wasn’t that difficult and that we could still eat really well without spending that much more. Here are my best tips for eating healthy on a budget.
1. Make a Meal Plan and List
I can’t stress it enough. Meal planning makes all the difference when it comes to eating healthy and sticking to your budget. So, before you head to grocery store, take some time to do a little planning. I have this great meal planner with an attached grocery list for you to help! Making a list will help you make better choices and sticking to it will keep your costs in check.
2. Plan for Leftovers
This really works for our family too. I usually plan 2 to 3 meals a week, and we then just eat leftovers on alternative days. Because I’m not buying ingredients to make 5 or 7 different meals each week, I can buy in bulk and save a ton! This rakes in a huge cost savings and means I don’t have to cook every night to have a healthy, nutritious meal. Win-win!
3. Buy Budget-Friendly but Nutritious
Sure, there are lots of foods out there that are really good for you that cost an arm and a leg. But, there are also plenty of foods that are nutritious and cost-effective. Check out this list (and this one) for ideas! I have a few staples that I stick to every week that keep our costs and our diets in check – apples, broccoli, and eggs are just a few.
4. Shop Aldi
One of my best tips is to shop at a grocery discount store like Aldi. We save on everything we buy simply by shopping at Aldi rather than other grocers. Plus, Aldi is committed to helping families eat healthier by eliminating artificial colors in its store brand products and offering lots of organic items to choose from.
5. Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is another great way to save. I specifically do this when I’m purchasing meat. I buy a package that contains at least double what we’ll use for a single meal, and then I split it up. I save a little this way and always know I have extra on hand if I need it.
Eating healthy can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to eat healthy but stay on budget. If I can do it, I know you can too!
How do you eat healthy on a budget?