This is a guest post by Cassie @ eHealth Informer 🙂
Ensuring your family stays healthy on a budget is one of the biggest challenges of being a mom. Organic veggies and fresh meals often come with a heftier price tag than their junk food alternatives.
Fortunately, people over the years have passed down their secrets for achieving the impossible. With the advent of blogs, now there are endless tips, tricks and recipes available to support you in this endeavor.
These five handy hints will help you minimize the grocery bill while stocking up on healthy food you will love!
Know Your Supermarkets
Shopping in budget stores is an obvious first step. Low-cost doesn’t mean low-health. In fact, the discount supermarket Aldi has become one of the leading organic retailers in the U.S. With the right guidance, you can shop for an entire family for under $100 just by choosing budget vendors.
For moms with a busy week, this is a perfect solution. However, if you have time to invest, then there’s an even better tactic. When searching for specialty health ingredients, it is sometimes cheaper to head to the upmarket chains.
This is because they stock store-brand options, meaning you don’t have to opt for expensive brand labels. Surprisingly, these foods are cheaper from Whole Foods than at other stores!
Simply dedicate 30 minutes to scouring the internet for the best deals and plan your shopping accordingly.
You probably already know the age-old trick of eating leftovers for lunch. While this may save money, there’s a way to get even more from your mealtimes. Lunch is relatively inexpensive anyway, and people can get bored of eating the same meal. Considering these facts, your best option is to refresh the food with some new ingredients and serve it again for dinner!
Using simple additions from your kitchen, you can turn leftover meat and veggies into a plethora of tasty dishes.
Prioritize High Quality
The benefits of eating organic are undeniable but so is the fact that organic foods come with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are many ways to prioritize organic without blowing your budget.
As meat can be one of the most expensive items, a great trick is to reduce your consumption. While going vegetarian isn’t for everybody, most of us could benefit from less meat in our diet. Cut down to having animal protein three or four times a week. Buy good quality, organic, free-range and grass-fed whenever possible.
If you want to try an all-vegetarian diet, just be sure you and your family are still getting all the essential amino acids that are found in meat. Options such as quinoa or buckwheat are fantastic replacements that fill this need.
Buy in Bulk Online
I have a rule that if you can buy it in a store, you can probably find it cheaper online. However, if you tried to do all of your shopping like this, costs would soon add up due to:
- Potential shipping fees
- Minimum spending limits
- Handling and customs charges.
Despite these issues, if you buy basic bulk items over the web, you can save considerably.
However, a word of warning: a friend of mine discovered her kids loved to drink coconut water, so she bulk-bought a month’s supply. It wasn’t till they arrived that she realized she didn’t have enough freezer space to stop some of it from spoiling! If you’re going to try this, make sure you stick to dried items only!
These sites are all great shops that offer healthy bulk products for less:
- Suma Wholesale: One of the biggest and most diverse health-food wholesalers.
- Azure Healthy Living Shop: A company that promotes healthy and abundant living and offers recipes and lifestyle tips alongside their products.
- Bulk Natural Foods: A Tennessee-based store that ships across the U.S.
- Bulkfoods.com: A family retailer that sells dried fruits and nuts.
You can also search for bulk vendors in your area. To find one you like, however, you may have to travel some distance.
Eating seasonal veggies is a great way to help both your health and your bank account. Seasonal produce is cheaper as it isn’t as resource-intensive to produce and transport. It also tastes better!
There are many ways that buying seasonal can improve your family’s health.
- You eat a wider variety of foods during the year since you vary your diet.
- You get more nutrients since you eat foods grown in natural conditions.
- Your food is less likely to have been previously frozen.
Furthermore, we often forget that we have evolved with nature. The nutrients we need are incredibly aligned with the season. Think about it: we crave warm potato soups and steaming roast vegetables in the winter and light salads and fruity desserts in the summer. Coincidence? No.
Many people think eating seasonally means no veggies in winter, but this is not the case! Potatoes, carrots, leek, cabbage and sprouts are just a few of options available.
Where to find seasonal vegetables:
- Farmers markets
- Independent stores
- Pick-Your-Own attractions, which also act as a fun day out for the kids.
- Some supermarkets have a seasonal range; ask in the store!
- Searching online also has some benefits, and if you’re stuck in a certain region you can use a proxy to give your search browser a fresh perspective on things.
It is possible to eat healthy without breaking the bank—all you have to do is know how. Apply these practical tips to your weekly shopping trip, and see the savings immediately!
What do you do to eat healthy without spending too much money? Do you have any favorite tips or recipes? Please leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts!
About the Author: Cassie is a full-time mom and full-time blogger. During the day she writes about tech while being a taxi, bank and confidante for the little ones! She loves eating healthy and writes about wellness whenever she can.