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Eating Healthy on a Budget

posted Mar 30, 2017, 7:55 AM by Sunamita Da Silva
Did you know that eating a balanced diet doesn’t have to break the bank? That’s right! Eating healthy does not have to mean expensive. All it takes is a little planning and simple swaps, and you too will be well on your way to eating healthier on a budget.

Plan Ahead

  • One of the biggest mistakes we make when grocery shopping is not planning ahead. Planning ahead helps to keep you focused and avoids impulse buys, which can, not only hurt your wallet, but also your health (last minute candy bar, anyone?).
  • Check store circulars for ingredient inspiration – if the chicken is on sale, maybe add an extra recipe or two that calls for it during your weekly meal planning.
  • Put together recipes that call for fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables so you can get your daily 5 servings worth for the best price.

Scope out the Best Deals

  • Opt for in-season fresh produce whenever possible as these tend to be cheaper and taste better than their out-of-season counterparts.
  • Consider leftovers from dinner as your lunch; because, why not? Or, if you prefer to buy your lunch, go for the extra lunch deal and save that extra helping for dinner later. (Check out our buffet which is 30% off, half an hour before closing).
  • Buy in bulk because it generally costs less. Grab larger containers of yogurt or cottage cheese and portion them out yourself. (But be aware that may not always be the case; to be sure you’re getting a good deal, always check per-unit prices).

Swap it Out

  • Try canned fish like salmon or tuna instead of fresh (just make sure it’s packed in water and doesn’t have too much sodium).
  • Swap a couple of your meat servings for eggs – or  even make a meal or two a week meat-free and get your proteins from legumes like lentils and beans.
  • Try a store brand in place of a name brand, especially for staple foods like oils, sauces, etc. where you'll barely notice a flavor difference, if any.

Last but not least, make shopping on a budget fun. Give yourself a budget goal and challenge yourself to stick to it! If you go under, you can always reward yourself with a new pair of shoes at the end of the month (or of course save it for a rainy day). Happy shopping!

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