Supplements, groceries, and gyms, oh my! If it feels expensive to be healthy, you are right! Eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, good meats, and nuts costs approximately $1.50 more per day than an unhealthy diet filled with processed foods and refined grains, according to a 2013 Harvard School of Public Health study. Here are some tips to help keep those grocery bills reasonable:
Make a Planned List
When you know what you're eating and what you need before you hit the store, you shop with purpose. No questions or worries about what is or isn't at home.
Shop the Season
Hit the local farmer's market or join your local Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA). If the produce is in season, it will cost less. This will also help you expand your menu and allow you to rotate recipes.
Fruits and veggies are picked and frozen at their nutritional peak and are usually much cheaper than their fresh versions. If you love smoothies, then buying frozen will not only lower your bills, but also keep those smoothies chilled for yum.
Buy in bulk when you can. The beauty of fruits, veggies, and meats are they can be frozen to extend their shelf life.
Your friends and social media circles will have lots of information on places best to shop for whatever you are looking for, and for great recipes. Ask around, and don't be afraid to try new locations and sample new dishes.
Be quick to tell others deals and dishes that work for you. Will you SHARE RIGHT NOW BELOW a TIP YOU HAVE to help budgeting for health? Let's help each other stay healthy in body and budget!