Eating well on a budget $$

What I often hear is, “Eating health is expensive!” This certainly can be the case if you want to get fancy with expensive ingredients, but there are many ways you can eat well on a budget.

Keep it simple! Make a meal plan on the weekend or day off work for the week, writing a shopping list and only buy what you need. Schedule in any events you are out or late nights home into the plan so you don’t over shop and let food go unused and wasted.

Buying whole foods and sticking to the stores perimeter can add nutritional value and reduce cost, with highly processed foods generally found on the inner isles. Buying packaged or pre-cut foods are not only expensive, but don’t always off the nutritional value to whole foods.

Shopping for in season fruit and vegetables are usual more affordable as they are far more available at the time of year. This provides both nutritional benefit and helps the budget. Mixing your meals up each season also provides variety to your diet which is always best.

When in doubt, shop for frozen vegetables, they maintain their nutritional value and can be more cost effective as an alternative

Selecting plant based protein (beans/legumes) for most or all meals are not only good for your health, but far more affordable then shopping for the expensive quality meat and animal products.

Buying in bulk for those ingredients that have a shelf life (eg. Rice, quinoa, seeds and spices) can keep costs low over time.

Keep me posted on what new things you try!

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3 thoughts on “Eating well on a budget $$

  1. Excellent post!
    We are on a limited budget and eat very well. I try to do one or two meat free meals a week, even if it is just a pineapple and ginger sauce with green beans and carrots and rice. When I shop for meat to stock my freezer, I look for the number of meals I can get for my money, so a tray of 6 chicken breasts is 6 meals for the two of us (curry, sweet and sour or a roast), 1kg of lean minced beef gives me 5 as I divide it up into 200g packs to freeze individually. If I’m making chili, this will last us 2 days as I add plenty of tomatoes, onions, garlic and a can of red kidney beans. 6 chops gives us 3 dinners and a pack of 4 pieces of fish will give Hubby 4 meals as I now prefer a tomato pasta bake I make for myself. It’s meat free and cheap, being tomatoes, onions, garlic, a few peppers and/ or chopped mushrooms and/or chopped green beans. I like the three coloured pasta twists for this, soaking them in boiling water then draining them off and mixing them in with my hot tomato mix. I put it in a baking dish, top with grated cheese and cook in the oven for half an hour, which just happens to be the same time as it takes for Hubby’s fish!

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