How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

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I hear very often how expensive it is to eat healthy on a budget. As a single person, just moving to Los Angeles, on a extremely small budget, I am here to tell you it is not as difficult as you might think!  Here are some of my tips and tricks to eating healthy on a budget, that I have learned to be extremely helpful.

  1. Eat oatmeal for breakfast. This is honestly such a huge tip I use to save a ton of money.  The biggest tub of dry oats I just bought at the grocery store cost me about $3.50.  There is 30 servings in it.  Theoretically, that could last you all month.  Which means that will cost you $0.12 a day. Doesn’t seem too shabby to me. The magic that is “The Dollar Only Store” in Los Angeles has spices that are only $0.99.  Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and those boring bland oats will have amazingly delicious flavor.
  2. Buy produce that is in season. Buying produce that is out of season just means it’s going to a.) taste average and b.) be twice as expensive.  The more freely the grocery stores can get the produce the cheaper it will be for you.
  3. Buy produce that is on sale.  The grocery store I shop at always has some sort of produce on sale. Which cuts the cost per pound down an extra $0.50 sometimes, which can be a huge difference in the end.
  4. Buy cheap produce.  Some produce is just simply less expensive than others.  For instance, bananas are always insanely cheap.  I buy one banana for each day of the week, which I add to my oatmeal.  This week seven bananas cost me $1.80.  Carrots broccoli and sweet potatoes are also cheap vegetables, especially comparable to the amount you get.
  5. Don’t buy “healthy” junk food.  These are things like chips, crackers, and cookies that people think are healthier. I think this is the reason people actually think it’s expensive to eat healthy, because the price of these goods is expensive.  To be honest though, I’d say a lot of those snacks are not healthier for you at all.  They are all still overly processed and have preservatives and unhealthy ingredients in them.
  6. Buy chicken in bulk or almost expired.  A lot of grocery stores often mark down chicken and other meats that are about to expire signficantly, because they either sell them or have to throw them out.  Even if you don’t plan on eating chicken that week, buy it and freeze it.  It will still stay good frozen even if it is about to expire.  Likewise, chicken in the family pack at the grocery store is often significantly less expensive per pound than the small packages.  Buy it, and freeze the chicken you won’t immediately use, it will be a larger up front cost, but overall cheaper.

 

 

What are some of your tips to eat healthy on a budget?

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