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Five Tips to Save Money on Healthy Food

     Yes, I know I should eat healthier.
 
                 But…., I can’t afford it!
 
          How many of us have heard this excuse or said it ourselves? While it is true that organic foods are more expensive than their conventional counterparts and that fresh foods are usually more expensive thcanned, there are many ways that you can serve healthier meals to your family AND stay on a budget. Five tips on doing this are discussed below.
 
  1. Cook and eat at home.
    Did you know that 50% of the average American food spending is on meals away from home? This has doubled from 1960 when it was 25%. It is always cheaper to prepare meals at home from scratch, than eat out or use most packaged, processed foods. One night last week for dinner we had grass-fed hamburgers, fresh non-GMO corn on the cob, sautéed Vidalia onions and The total cost for the ingredients for this meal that served 3-4 people was $7! That is less than the cost of a fast food meal for one person and of much higher quality. You can save similar amounts every time you cook at home instead of eating out.

  2.  Sign up for the newsletters of those stores you shop at regularly.
    When they have a sale on an item you use on a regular basis, stock up when it is on sale. This is a way you can save a significant amount, often making the price of the healthy food the same or less than a conventional item. I use this strategy especially for meats to buy in bulk and freeze. Earth Fare is located about 25 miles away from my home town so I do not shop there every week. Since I get their email newsletter I make the trip when they have good sales and then stock up. Recently I purchased grass-fed ground beef for $4 per pound and grass-fed rib eye steaks for $6 per pound. I have also stocked up on wild Alaska cod when it was on sale for $6 per pound. green beans.

  3.  Buy at discount stores such as Costco, Aldi’s or Trader Joe’s.
    A number of discount stores are stocking organic versions of a number of foods. I often purchase sardines, organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, nuts and organic fresh vegetables and fruits at each of these stores at significantly less than my local supermarket when not on sale. I keep a price list of the foods I regularly buy so that I know the best price and compare between these discount stores and my local supermarket.

  4. Buy on-line from Amazon.
    I use almond flour on a regular basis and it is very expensive. However, I have found it at Amazon in bulk for $3 to $4 cheaper per pound than in my local supermarket. Other items can be found on Amazon or other on-line stores at similar discounts. One of my friends purchased 25 pounds of almond flour and then split the order with with another friend if needed for bulk and saved even more money. Since I have an Amazon prime account I did not have to pay extra for shipping and the order came straight to my house.

  5.  Buy in-season at the Farmer’s Market.
    When you make purchases from your local farmer’s market you are purchasing the freshest foods possible. Often they have been picked on the day you are purchasing, so the nutrients are at the highest level. In addition to this, the prices are often less expensive than in the supermarket because you are purchasing from the farmer with no middle man and a higher mark up. Produce at the height of the season is also going to be in the greatest supply and lowest cost. When possible, buy in bulk and freeze and you will get great prices on foods that will last you a long time.

      By using these strategies, you can save money and still eat healthy organic, whole foods. What tips do you have? Comment below to share your ideas with readers.

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