Whether you shop monthly or weekly, the high potential cost of eating healthily is something that many people are wary of. So, here are a few tips on how you could save money and still eat your way to a healthier lifestyle.
- Cook in bulk
One of the biggest flaws when trying to eat healthily is buying fresh food which goes bad before being used. Cooking in bulk means you have the opportunity to use all the food in one go and then freeze it for use at a later date. It’s also a great way to ensure you’re eating healthy and helps you avoid the ‘easy option’ of a takeaway.
- Make a grocery list
As you run out of things, write them down, and make sure you look through your fridge, freezer and cupboards before planning your next food shop. Having a list of everything you need means you’re more likely to stick to it and avoid the unhealthy foods all around you in the supermarket.
- Try cheaper brands
Most supermarkets have own brands of basic items that can be used to replace the more expensive alternatives. You could also try shopping for fresh fruit and veg at places such as Aldi and Lidl; their prices will be much lower than your average supermarket.
- Plan your meals
Having your weekly meals planned out can make sticking to them that much easier. You’ll also have the time to plan what you’re going to take for lunch – even if this is leftovers from a meal the night before. Ensuring every meal is catered for will mean you won’t be caught grabbing fast food or a meal deal during the week.
- Buy seasonal food
During the summer months, you’ll pay less for produce such as raspberries, strawberries and blueberries because they’re ‘in season.’ Whilst in the winter months leeks, parsnips and broccoli are your cheaper options; sticking to seasonal fruit and veg will help you to cut costs.
- Eat less meat
Even if you’re buying your meat in bulk, it’s still a costly addition to your shopping bill. Try eating vegetarian meals 2-3 times a week to save money and this will also help ensure you’re getting your 5 a day. Websites such as BBC Food give great vegetarian alternatives to meaty meals.
- Buy frozen
If you’re constantly finding that fresh veg goes bad before you get a chance to use it, then save some pennies and buy frozen. You’ll be able to use it as you go without the worry of it going off before you get to it and then having no greens with your dinner!
- Don’t shop when you’re hungry
Shopping on an empty stomach means you’re more likely to buy the unnecessary junk foods that are all around you; it’s a quick and easy solution to your hunger. Try eating before you go shopping or do your food shop online instead to avoid this common pitfall. Online shopping is also perfect if you struggle to find the time to shop and hate having to queue.
If you found this article useful or have any other ways that help you eat well for less, then please leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear your ideas!