Eating Healthy: Budget Tips
The good news is that eating healthy foods doesn’t have to eat up your entire paycheck.
Eating Healthy Budget Tips
Here are 10 tips courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help you fit vegetables and fruits into your budget.
- Celebrate the season – buy fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season. Check out your local farmer’s market.
- Try larger grocery stores to find better prices and specials.
- Stick to your list. Plans your meals so you only buy what you need. Try online grocery shopping. When you pick up your groceries, you’ll avoid food temptations lurking in every aisle.
- Use canned or frozen fruits and vegetables. They still contain important vitamins and minerals and cost considerably less than their fresh counterparts.
- Buy small amount of fresh vegetables and fruits so they don’t go to waste.
- Buy in frozen and canned fruits and vegetables in bulk when they’re on sale.
- Select store brands to save money on canned and frozen foods.
- Steer clear of pre-cut, pre-washed, ready-to-eat vegetables and fruits. As a result, you’ll save money by doing all the washing and cutting yourself.
- Grow your own food. Start a garden for herbs, peppers and tomatoes. Try growing your favorite vegetable to save money.
- Make soups, stews and other dishes in advance. Add leftover vegetables to casseroles or make a soup with them. Use overripe fruit for smoothies and baking.
Remember, eating fruits and vegetables not only helps people lose weight, it also helps protect people against certain diseases.
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