Eating on a Budget

Healthy eating is something that we all strive to do. But let’s face facts: it is far more cost effective and easy to eat poorly. Fast food in particular is so affordable and quick that it is little wonder that chains like Wendys, McDonalds, and Burger King are all so popular.

But if you are looking to eat healthier, there are ways to get the right food for the right price. It takes a little more effort but will be worth it in the long run.

Plan Ahead

Making a list is the best way to stick to a budget. This eliminates the spur-of-the-moment shopping that can lead to unnecessary purchases as well as buying things that you may already have. Check your pantry, cupboards, and fridge before shopping to make sure that you aren’t buying things that you already have.

Knowing ahead of time what you plan to buy can allow you to map it out to the dollar and keep your shopping at a price that you are comfortable with. And when shopping, avoiding those impulse buys is important.

Make Sure to Stick to Your List

Planning is all fine and well, but if you don’t stick to your list, it kind of defeats the entire purpose. A good rule of thumb for those looking to eat healthier is to try to avoid the middle of the store. The perimeter has your fruits, vegetables, healthy options like cheese and dairy, as well as fresh meats.

Sticking to your list keeps you on budget and that is the entire purpose of making a list. No impulse purchases not only helps you to stay on budget but to avoid from buying those non-healthy items that have been plaguing your fridge.

Stop Eating Out

It can be very expensive to eat out but the convenience and ease of the whole endeavor makes it more likely that many of us will eat out. Instead of doing this, try cooking more meals at home. The cost difference is noticeable, especially if you have a family.

It really all depends on you. If you struggle cooking a meal a day, try to cook larger portions ahead of time for the week ahead. This way, you can live on leftovers and not have to worry about cooking a fresh meal each day of the week. Leftovers may not be as good as fresh meals, but they still taste pretty good and allow you to save a ton of money.

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