Eat Healthy on a Budget
Healthy eating is important at every age—and can be done on a budget. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips:
Plan, plan, plan
Plan your meals for the week based on your food budget and make a grocery list that includes staples and perishables. Save money by buying only what you need.
Compare similar products
Locate the “unit price” on the shelf sticker near the item price. Compare different brands and sizes for the best money-saving option.
Stretch your food dollars
Add beans and canned or frozen vegetables to bulk up your meals and make your food dollars go farther. You will reap the benefits of extra fiber, vitamins, and nutrients while feeling full.
Grow your own in your home
Grow herbs like basil and oregano inside your home for a fraction of the price. Small gardens can be grown on a windowsill or a kitchen counter.
Buy in bulk
Save money by buying larger quantities of foods that store well like whole grains, canned or dried beans, and frozen vegetables. Don’t overbuy foods that you will throw out later.
Look for on-sale produce
Grocery stores rotate their sales and buying what is on sale is a great way to save money and get variety. Do the same with frozen and canned items.