These days, it’s very difficult to eat healthy and eat cheap at the same time. The way the world has developed means that eating unhealthy food is often cheaper than eating well. This sadly has a huge effect on all of us as we try and eat healthy and try to live longer and more fulfilled lives.
Hopefully these tips will make it easier for you to eat well and live better:
- 1. Cook an extra meal at home
It’s really quite simple. If you make the right decisions about what foods you are preparing at home (staying away from pre-cooked meals and frozen meals) and you just cook one extra meal per week at home, you can save a lot of money. Rather than eating out at restaurants, you can go easy on your wallet and your waistline.
- 2. Join a cooking co-op
This is a relatively new way of cooking, but it’s based on the idea that cooking for 2 people is just as difficult as cooking for 8 or 16 people. You and a group of friends or neighbors, take turns to cook for the entire group. This way you get home-cooked meals more often and you can eat healthier.
- 3. Use cash to pay or your groceries
A new study has found that if you actually have to count out your money when paying for something, it makes you more mindful of how much you are paying. This means that if you pay with cash instead of credit, you can avoid making those silly impulse buys.
- 4. Skip that appetizer
The same goes for dessert. Not only are these add-ons to your meal extra calories, they can also put a dent in your wallet. Stick with the entrée and you win on both accounts.
- 5. Stay away from the TV
Studies have shown that children who are exposed to constant fast food advertising are much more likely to pester their parents for fast food. This results in a higher number of visits to fast food restaurants and a growing cost in terms of money and in terms of health problems.
- 6. Buy in bulk
It worked for our parents and it will work for us too. If you buy in bulk, you can do a lot of saving. You could even consider sharing the costs with a friend or family member so you never have to throw anything away.
- 7. Keep a journal
Much like keeping a food journal, if you keep a running journal of how much you are paying for food, you can easily tell when something is cheaper than normal or more expensive. This can add up to a lot of saving over time.