With the country still recovering from the recession, a lot of families find that the continued need to trim their expenses continues. When it comes to cutting the fat out of the budget, the first thing to go is usually entertainment. But if that’s not enough, the next notch in the belt tightening is usually hitched up at the grocery store.
Unfortunately, because of our busy lifestyles, many of us make the choice to forgo fresh fruits and vegetables in order to afford the prepackaged meals that we’ve come to depend on for mealtimes. And I don’t need to tell you the problems that go along with that kind of thinking.
It will take some extra effort and planning, but if you’re willing to put in just a little extra time and effort, you can deliver healthy fare to your family without going bankrupt. These tips will help you to serve the healthiest food at the lowest possible cost.
Tips for eating healthy on a tight budget:
- Stock up. Keep your pantry stocked with plenty of healthy foods that have a really long shelf
like whole-wheat pasta, beans, lentils, and canned fruits. These foods will last for a long time if you don’t use them, but if things get tight you can prepare a delicious, nutritious meal by adding only one or two other things.
- Prepare a big batch of something once or twice a week. For example, you can prepare a whole roast chicken on Monday and use different portions of it throughout the week to make several meals.
- Be creative with your leftovers. A leftover chicken breast can easily become a delicious chicken salad sandwich by adding a few walnuts and some spinach leaves. Leftover vegetables can be thrown into a gumbo or stew. The trick is building a new meal around what you already have on hand.
- When it comes to saving money, a deep freezer is your best friend, particularly in the case of meat, where buying in bulk can often get you a much better price. Use what you need for one meal and freeze the rest. If you have ample freezer space, you will be able to stock up on any bargains that you find.
- Make your own convenient foods. If you like to eat salsa, you can easily take vegetables that are left over from another meal and blend them together to make your own. Peanut butter is another thing you can make it home that’s as simple as it is delicious. Learn to bake and you can not only save money, you’ll save your family from all the preservatives in store bought treats.
As you can see from the above tips, with just a little effort, diligence, and creativity you can get a lot more mileage out of your food dollars. When it comes to your health, you should never scrimp. It’s better to go without ordering that pizza every weekend than it is to go without fresh foods and quality medical care.
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