7 Tips to Help You Eat Well on a Small Budget

Sometimes it seems that your grocery bill each month is more than your mortgage or rent. It’s true. Eating healthy can be expensive. However, it really doesn’t have to be. You can still eat healthy and cut your grocery bill in half. Here are a few simple strategies to eat well on a shoestring budget.

#1 Plan ahead. There’s nothing worse for the budget than going to the grocery store for tonight’s dinner. Because you’re tired, rushed and probably hungry, you’re likely going to buy whatever is easiest. This isn’t cost effective. Instead, plan ahead. Make a list of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals on the weekend. Choose recipes and make sure you have the ingredients. If not, add them to your list. Once you get to the store, shop from your list. If you deviate from your list make sure it makes sense to do so.

#2 Use the store supplements. The store supplements are often found in the newspaper or online. Before you make your weekly shopping list, grab a copy of the store’s weekly advertisement. Use the ad to plan your meals and create your shopping list. For example, if apples are on sale for fifty cents a pound, then you know you’re having apples this week. Maybe apple pancakes or apple bread for breakfast.

#3 Stock up. Many things freeze well. You can save tons of money each month if you stock up on sale items and freeze them. Bread, for example, can cost five dollars a loaf. If you find it on sale, then buy several loaves. Chicken and other meats often go on sale too. Buy in bulk. Buy family packages. You can separate them at home into smaller meal-sized portions. Place them in freezer bags. Label the bag so you know when you bought it and what it is.

#4 Visit the butcher. Often, you can save as much as 50% on your meats if you buy them from the local butcher. Visit yours and compare prices.

#5 Visit the farmer’s market. If you have a farmer’s market in town, visit it and compare prices. Often, because the produce doesn’t have to be shipped and is local, you can save money. And the produce generally tastes wonderful.

#6 Buy what’s in season. If you’re trying to buy apples in May you’re going to pay more for them than in August and September when they’re in season. Buy your fruits and veggies when they’re in season and save money.

#7 Cut back on meat. Do you really need to eat meat every night? Did you know that beans and rice are a complete protein? Beans and rice are a whole lot cheaper than a package of meat too. Try to cut back and eat a few vegetarian meals each week. You’ll likely be healthier and you’ll save money on groceries. And there are some really tasty vegetarian recipes.

With a little advanced planning and some thought you can feed your family really well and still save money. Pay attention to what’s on sale. Plan ahead. And cut back on the pricey items like meat and processed foods.

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  1. Adrienne
    Twitter: adriennesmith40
    says:

    Those are great suggestions Jackie!

    I eat a lot of frozen dinners for my meals and sandwiches. The ones that are good for you though. I do buy about three loaves of bread at a time and freeze two of them. I’ll do the same with chicken breasts when I do purchase them. I’ll buy the large family back and then divide them up in individual bags before freezing them. So much easier when it’s time to cook.

    I love fresh vegetables and fruit but they are so expensive and don’t last long at all. Why don’t they ever have coupons for that?

    I live in the heart of the big city so we don’t have farmers markets around here I’m afraid. It’s hard to shop where it’s not real expensive. So I do my best.

    Appreciate these tips and will look forward to more.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Jackie says:

      It’s a great idea to buy things in bulk when on sale and freeze them. I love fresh veggies too… it is a shame they don’t have coupons. :) I’m surprised you don’t have farmer’s markets in the city… I was feeling bad because we live so rural that we don’t have any super close by ~ I have to drive to the city to get to one. :) What city do you live in?

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