We all know the importance of eating healthy foods, but this can turn into an expensive proposition depending on how and where you shop. I have learned some strategies that can ease the hit on your bank account while maximizing the quality and quantity of what you purchase. Here are my tips:
- Buy in bulk – Things like beans, rice, nuts, and seeds are generally much cheaper when purchased in the bulk section. Whole Foods is an option here and many local grocery stores have added bulk sections as well. The nice thing about this is that you can get as much or as little as you want Also, check out your local international grocery store. They tend to sell things in bags, but the savings can still be huge. If you are a big bean eater like me, this can really save you a lot of money over buying beans in cans. It’s really easy to soak the beans overnight and then cook them for an hour or so the next day. If you want to be really lazy, put them in a slow cooker and let cook for about six hours.
- Buy vegetables and fruits at your local international grocery store – I have found that I can get fabulous fruits and vegetables and it consistently saves me money over Whole Foods and most other grocery stores. Also, you will tend to find a greater variety of produce that you wouldn’t normally see at other stores. Have you ever tried purple sweet potatoes? Yum!
- Check out the local farmer’s market – I have found that vegetables and fruits that are in season can cost less than at your local grocer and there is the added advantage of getting produce that is fresh off the farm.
- Buy bagged greens – I have found that it is easier and extremely convenient to buy many of the greens I eat already washed and bagged. Trader Joe’s is my favorite place to get these as I have found their prices to be reasonable and the greens are always fresh. Now, I tend to do this more in the fall and winter. Come spring, I start growing my own right on my deck. To find out how, CLICK HERE.
- Shop Vitacost – Vitacost.com is amazing! They have everything from food to personal care items. I have found products that I normally would purchase at Whole Foods and other stores for much less. For example, my favorite brand of gluten-free steel cut oats is at least a couple of dollars less per package. Check out Vitacost.com to see where you can save.
- Buy spices and seasonings at your local international market– You will not believe the wide variety and how much you can save. For instance, I recently bought some crushed red pepper for half of what I usually pay elsewhere and the flavor was richer too!
- Make your own dairy free milk – If you are like me and avoid dairy, make your own non-dairy milk. My favorite is almond and I used to spend a small fortune buying it every week. Then, I discovered how easy it is to make. Also, if you make it yourself, it’s more nutritious and you avoid the additives found in store bought almond milk. Check out how I make almond milk, CLICK HERE.
- Make your own hummus – If you love hummus as much as I do, you probably go through a lot of it and if you are purchasing it at the store, this can cost some big bucks over time. This is another food that is easy, quick, and can save you money if you make it yourself. To find out how, CLICK HERE.
So, there you have it. Try these tips out and see if you are not eating healthier and cheaper, too! Please comment and share your tips for eating healthy and saving money.