Shopping Healthy on a Budget
I was asked to make a post about how to eat healthy while on a budget. So here it is! The first thing I want to say is that I am lucky in that some of the more expensive items I use like matcha and bars are often sent to me, so they are not something I always have to buy on my own. I will also say that I really and truly prioritize food and my health- I don't shop for clothes or shoes or makeup but instead invest in quality food.
1. Prioritize food. Explanation above.
2. Trader Joe's is your best friend. I live 45 minutes from the closest one but I make the trip pretty often because it is honestly worth it. Everything is so reasonably priced there and I can get a week's worth of groceries there for a whole lot less than I would be able to anywhere else.
3. If you don't make it to TJ's, shop sales and use coupons. My Harris Teeter often prints coupons for things I buy that day when I check out- like Siggi's for example. So the next time I go back and get Siggi's I bring that coupon. For basics, brand doesn't matter to me as much as ingredients do.
4. Shop seasonal fruits and veggies when you're at the store.
5. Don't buy organic! (WHAAAAT). People tend to think that organic farming doesn't use pesticides, when in actuality they do use pesticides- just different ones. The nutritional profile of an organic banana versus a regular banana is exactly the same, AND organic is not any better for the environment. Those are all common myths about organic foods- and I typically do not buy organic unless that claim comes along with something else important to me- like pasture raised when it comes to eggs.
6. BULK BINS. At the Earth Fare near me, they have an entire wall of bulk bins where you can get dry grains like rice, quinoa, oats, flours, beans, etc. and nuts for a fraction of the price they would be if they were already packaged. There's also a bulk spice section where you can get a little baggy of a specific spice you only need a little of and don't use often.
7. Utilize discount codes and online sales. I use my own discount codes when I order bars! And if I want to try something new, I search insta for someone with a discount code. It can add up to a lot.
8. At the store, stick to basics with one or two "fun" items per week. For example, throughout the week I'll keep a running list of basics that I always keep in my kitchen that run out. When I'm at the store I'll stick to that list to refill my kitchen and then I'll get something new and fun to try in recipes or just snack on- like dessert hummus or a snack!
Hope this helps!