13 tips to stay healthy on a budget
Why invest in health food?
Your body is made of nutrients and runs on nutrients. The nutrients your body needs are found in whole foods. Foods that mother earth made. When you buy processed food, they are typically devoid of nutrients and/or have had their nutrients altered in a way that your body can’t utilize. Without adequate nutrients, your health and quality of life starts to decline.
This is also a reason why buying good quality food is so important. For more information on why quality is so important, click here.
Healthy eating is an investment in your health. Long term, it’s cheaper to buy healthy, high quality food then to buy conventional and processed foods. If you don’t take control of your health using food, then you are likely to spend your hard-earned money on medications, doctors’ visits, testing, and more down the road. Even with insurance these expenses can easily far surpass the extra money you would have spent on good quality, health foods.
With that being said, there are ways to reduce your grocery bill cost while buying food that fuels your body and prevents health issues.
EWG.org comes up with a list every year of the most heavily sprayed foods. These are called the dirty dozen. They also list the clean 15, these foods are not commonly sprayed even if they are conventional. When buying produce make sure anything from the dirty dozen list is organic to avoid ingesting any harmful chemicals.
Ground meat is typically cheaper than buying cuts of meat. The quality of the meat you buy makes a big difference in its nutrient content and thus can make a big difference in your health. It is important when buying meat to buy 100% grass-fed meat or pasture-raised chicken, turkey, pork, and other wild game. Buying ground beef is cheaper than paying for a cut of meat.
The exception is chicken and turkey. Buying the drumsticks are typically the cheapest option.
Thrive market is an online health food store. They sell online health foods at a discounted price. I get almost all my non-perishables here. From condiments to bone broth, snacks, oils and fats. Thrive market has a great selection. They also carry non-toxic cleaners, cosmetics, and hygiene products.
Not everything they sell is healthy. They do sell some products with canola oil, safflower oil, or sunflower oil. They also sell some things loaded with sugar. You want to be sure to check the ingredient list before purchasing. However, there are more healthy options than not.
Buying in bulk is typically cheaper. Costco has a lot of great organic options. They have bags of frozen, organic fruits, vegetables, and meat you can buy. They also sell kombucha, Himalayan salt, and oils like coconut and extra virgin olive oil. All are great healthy options.
Whole Foods amazon discount
Whole Foods has really been slashing prices lately. If you are an Amazon prime member you can download the Amazon app and get an extra 10% off all sale items at Whole Foods. You can also get an extra 10% off if you buy a case of something.
If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area then you’re in luck! Trader Joe’s has a good selection of health foods at very reasonable prices.
Amazon is a good place to get bulk items that aren’t typically sold in grocery stores. Cocoa powder and nut flours are two good examples. If you’re looking for a certain spice/ingredient, and you can’t find it or it’s outrageously expensive, trying seeing if Amazon has it.
Companies charge big mark ups for your convenience. Buying whole fruits and vegetables instead of pre-chopped ones will save you a lot of money. This also extends to salad dressings, hummus, mayo, guacamole, etc. The more you can make yourself the less expensive (and probably tastier and healthier) it will be.
Be your own convenient store/fast food place! It’s cheaper and healthier. You can easily make healthy, delicious meals in 5 minutes or less IF you meal prep.
Buy in season
Seasonal produce tends to be cheaper and locally sourced.
Buy frozen fruits and vegetables
Frozen fruits and veggies are cheaper than fresh produce.
Grow your own food
Start a small garden. Even if you live in an apart you can still grow herbs and if you have a deck you can grow lettuce and other veggies by growing them in small pots.
Eat your leftovers
Leftovers don’t have to be boring. You can add them to a new dish you are making or make a stir-fry with them.
Bring your own lunches and snacks to work
Spending money on store bought lunches, drinks, and snacks adds up. Bringing your own will drastically reduce cost.
I hope you found this helpful and are able to save a few bucks after reading this! Let me know in the comments if you have any money saving tips!