Eating healthy is known for being expensive, which can make it very difficult to eat healthy if you are on a tight budget. I started my healthy eating journey when I was a student, so I know the struggle. However, I have compiled 7 tips to make healthy eating more affordable on a tight budget.
1. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season
Fruits and vegetables that are in season are cheaper than produce that is out is season. Produce that is in season is at its peak in nutrition and flavour. The wonderful thing about buying fresh fruit and vegetables in season is that, you can buy the produce in bulk and freeze whatever you are not going to eat for the next meal or when the produce is out of season.
2. Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk can save you a lot of money, especially if you are buying rice, dried beans, nuts, oats, lentils and canned foods. These foods last a long time in your cupboards, especially if they are stored in the correct way. The next time you go grocery shopping rather buy a 2kg of rice rather than a 1kg and see how much you save.
3. Buy on sale
If your supermarket, farmers market or pharmacy is having a sale on foods or items you use often, stock up on those products. This will save you a couple of coins, just make sure you use these products before they expire or their best before date. There is no use in buying a product that you will end up throwing away.
4. Grow your own herbs, vegetables and fruits
Take the time to grow your own fresh produce this is a money saver. Having a constant supply of tomato, spinach or herbs will save you a lot of money over time. Home grown produce tastes a hundred times better than shop bought produce anyway.
5. Homemade is cheaper
Making your own peanut butter, tomato sauce or apple sauce is so much cheaper than going to buy it in store. Yes it takes a bit of effort to make, but you will be saving a lot of money at the end of the day. Plus, it is so much healthier making your own foods at home.
6. Buy cheaper meat options
Whole chicken, steak and fresh fish can be very expensive. Rather opt for chicken livers or hearts, stewing beef or tinned fish. You can also replace meat with other proteins such as lentils, eggs, beans and legumes which are so much cheaper. Play around with your protein options.
7. Buy your groceries according to a shopping list
The biggest mistake you can make is going to the grocery shop without planning what you are going to buy, because you are going to overspend. Take time to plan your meals, so the next time you go shopping you can write down a grocery list of foods that you actually need.
Ps: Anything is possible even on a tight budget...