One of our most common excuses for avoiding healthy eating is that it’s too expensive, and we don’t have the money. While I’ll agree that healthy eating can be costly, it really doesn’t have to be that much more expensive than any other type of eating if you use some simple strategies to stick to a budget. I’ve been using these tricks for months, and I can honestly say that we’re able to save money each week but still stay on track with our healthy eating goals. Do we always have the widest variety of foods? Nope, not always, but we always enjoy tasty and healthy food without spending too much!
My Tips for Meal Planning to Save Money
I’ve used the excuse before myself, but when it comes down to it, eating healthy doesn’t have to cost us any extra (or at least very little). But, you do have to be a little savvy to stick to a healthy eating plan on a budget. I rely very heavily on meal planning each week to do both.
1. Rely on Staples
Having a few staples on hand all the time is one of the easiest ways that I manage our budget and meal plan. These staples are relatively budget-friendly but are still filling and reasonably nutritious, so they fit on all accounts. A few of my favorites are bananas, natural peanut butter, and eggs, but you can check out this list, too!
2. Plan for Leftovers
I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the easiest ways I save on our budget but still plan healthy meals is by planning for leftovers. It’s still just my husband and me eating each week, so I typically only plan 2 to 3 dinner meals each week. We then use the leftovers as new meals. I save on ingredients this week, and I don’t have to “actively cook” as much. So, it’s a win-win!
3. Include Repeats
Okay, so I mentioned that we don’t always have the greatest variety in our meals each week, but doing so helps us save money without sacrificing our nutrition. So, what I mean by this is that we often have the same foods throughout the week. I know what I’m having for breakfast every day without even thinking about it – my shake. But, we also use this strategy for lunches and snacks. Again, including repeats in our meal plan allows us to save money because we don’t have to purchase as many different items each week.
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