Many people believe that healthy food is expensive while unhealthy food is cheap. But this is not necessarily true. It is possible to eat right without hurting your budget. Below are some ways to both maintain a healthy lifestyle and save money doing so.
Cook At Home
The single most important thing most people can do to eat healthy and save money is to eat at home. This doesn’t mean prepared microwave meals. In order to eat better you should be prepaing meals from fresh ingredients. This single piece of advice will be the most impactful on both your weight and your wallet.
Make A Plan
In order to succeed it is important to make a plan You should set a budget, research acceptable foods and ingredients, find recipes and plan out your meals. Without a plan you can easily fall into old ruts (like driving through a fastfood place when in a hurry) that hinder both your budget and your diet.
Another way to buy healthy foods on a budget is to shop from wholesale stores or groceries that let you buy in bulk. Even if you shop in ordinary supermarkets, you can still buy in the bulk during sales. Supermarkets and grocery stores occasionally let you take advantage of low prices if you buy more. Buying in bulk is so much more convenient, which will make it easier to pursue your goal of better health.
Drinking more water is just healthier. Most people don’t drink enough and they tend to drink sugary drinks that have empty calories in its place. And the best part? Water is cheap. So fill up a big glass and cheers to your health.
Limit Red Meat
This is probably the easiest way to save money. Whether at the grocery store or at restaurants meat is always the most expensive thing on the menu. I do not advocate a vegetarian diet, but limiting meat to once or twice a week is an easy way to cut back on both calories and expenses. If you are worried about protein (you needn’t be) you can eat beans, eggs and lentils instead.
You might want to stock up on frozen veggies and fruits if you are trying to eat healthy on a budget. Fresh fruits and vegetables tend to be expensive and their frozen counterparts are usually half the price. Frozen fruits and veggies also have a longer shelf life, so you don’t have to worry about them expiring if you do not eat them in time. How many times have you thrown out vegetables because you did not eat them soon enough? Frozen fruits and veggies have also been washed and cut so they can be readily eaten, making the convenience of frozen veggies is a big plus.
The above tips will help you save money on groceries and improve your health. And with improved health comes savings on your term life insurance policy. With all these benefits, it hard to find a reason not to eat healthier.