Eating healthier on a small budget may seem like a pain, but it is much easier than you think. Even though many people say healthier foods cost more, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Just a few simple tips and tricks can help you eat better and still save some cash. Here’s how!
Get tech savvy with it
Eating healthier just got easier in the digital age with the Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal. It’s a FREE app that has just about everything you need. It comes with an easy to use food diary and allows access to calorie counts for more than 3 million foods. You can list your own recipes and meals, share with others, and set your fitness goals to get a personalized calorie and fitness plan to help you reach them. By doing the meal plan, you will know what foods you can and cannot have so that you can build a grocery list based on your needs, which can save you money. Plus, it helps motivate you to have portion control, which is another way to save on food since you won’t be buying so much.
Do the 75/25 method
Have you ever shopped in the 75/25 method? If not, get ready for a lot of stress and budget relief! This method takes the store and breaks it down into percentages to better balance your diet. In this method, 75 percent of your grocery list should come from the outer two aisles of the store. By shopping in this way, you don’t overbuy and you end up buying healthier foods because the outer two aisles of almost every grocery store contain the freshest foods and the healthiest items. They have less fat, fewer preservatives, and they are recommended for good nutrition.
Farmer’s markets and locally owned places tend to have the healthiest foods and some of the lowest prices around. By making a meal plan that is mindful of your local produce and the season, you can find great produce, homemade bread, and even treats with half the fat and lower costs.
Do you have any tips to add? How are you eating healthier on a budget?