If you think that eating healthy and saving is not possible at the same time, then you are wrong. Saving money doesn't mean that you will have to look at the price tags to shop grocery items. Have you ever thought how much you spend on eating out? You can use the amount to buy fresh produces from the grocery store and invest a little time to prepare those in order to have healthy nutritious food. Go through this article to know how you can save money while eating healthy food.
1 Try to eat home food
Do you have the habit of eating outside? It may be that you don't pack from home or like to dine out with friends a lot. To practice healthy eating and saving money, you don't have to stop eating out altogether. All you have to do is restrict dining out to as minimum as possible. You will be motivated to do so if you calculate how much you spend every week on outside food. You can invest the amount you save for buying healthy food and it'll be also easier for you to afford organic food.
2 Reduce or stop eating junk food
Not only your wallet, your body will also thank you if you stop spending money on junk food such as, crackers, cookies, processed foods, prepackaged meals, diet and regular soda, etc. If it's not possible for you to cut out these foods completely, then start eating them less and lower your intake gradually.
3 Avoid food with hidden sugar
Do you know how much sugar you intake every day? Before replying, just make a list of the food you eat every week. If your list contains processed or packaged foods, then you're consuming sugar that's hidden in those food items. Even if it's much easier to prepare and also affordable, yet consuming too much of sugar is not healthy. It can cause rapid swings of blood sugar and energy which may lead to health problems. Moreover, you might have to pay more to buy certain processed foods. So, if you have a sweet tooth, then it's advisable that you have sweet fruits and sweet potatoes to satisfy your sugar craving.
4 Compare prices before buying
If you have the habit of comparing prices before buying an item, then it is undoubtedly praiseworthy. However, instead of comparing the total price, you should compare the unit cost or unit price in order to check which company is offering you the item at the lowest cost. This is because the unit cost or unit price depicts the price per pound; so, it becomes easier for you to compare shop. Along with it, also check out the ingredient list to be sure that the item contains the vitamins, minerals, etc. you want.
5 Opt to cook large portions
When you're investing time to cook, then it's better to prepare large portions and keep in refrigerator. By doing so, you can save time and energy of cooking every day and at the same time you can enjoy home-cooked food. This will help you save on gas/electricity and in turn, dollars.
6 Keep an eye on the deals and discounts
Most of the stores (such as, K-Mart, Aldi, etc.) issue leaflets where you can get information on the deals and discounts of the current week and/or month. Some of these leaflets also come with a scannable code which you can scan at the checkout to take advantage of the discount. You can sign up for the e-mails of specific stores, where you usually shop, in order to receive e-mails with deals and discounts. Several stores also have membership cards which you can opt for so as to get points accumulated on spending. You can redeem these points on your next purchase or you may have to accumulate a certain number of points in order to redeem them.
7 Build the habit of using coupons
It will help you save a good amount if you have the habit of clipping and using coupons. You can get these coupons from certain websites where you need to be a member. While checking out, you can also get discount coupons if you purchase a certain dollar worth item or coupons are available on purchasing certain items. However, it might not be advertised at the store but you get these coupons along with your printed bill. Therefore, next time you visit supermarkets such as, Target, Marsh, etc., you might get such a coupon which you can use on your next visit. Make sure you note the expiry date within which you need to use it in order to take the advantage.
If you follow these things, then you will notice that you can have healthy food without having to pay much. On the contrary, you may be able to save your hard-earned dollars on grocery shopping if you switch to home-cooked food instead of eating out. Moreover, you can plan your meals for the week and keep a check whether or not you're consuming your required amount of nutrition. So, switch to healthy eating and have a good life ahead.