There is a huge myth out there that eating healthy is expensive. Eating healthy CAN be expensive if you choose to buy that new organic name brand superfood that is going to sit on your counter and go bad before you get the chance to eat it, but if you plan ahead and use some of these simple tips you can actually SAVE money on your monthly grocery bill!
- Buy dried beans – Beans are a great source of protein and we often grab the convenient canned guys because they seem like they are a cheap and healthy choice! Dried beans are not only a more cost-efficient option, but they also contain less sodium and MORE nutrients than canned! If you have never used dried beans before it is worth noting that planning is essential when it comes to cooking with them – dried beans must be soaked in water overnight prior to cooking and they take approximately 45-60 minutes to cook. Most beans double to triple both their weight and size once cooked!
- Buy in bulk, but be wary of where you buy – Bulk Barn is a great resource for buying products in bulk, but sometimes not always the cheapest! Do your research ahead of time and figure out where the best places are to buy what you need. Certain things that should ALWAYS be purchased in the bulk section include: SPICES, anything used for a specific recipe that isn’t a staple in your house, and dried fruits and nuts.
- Speaking of doing your research – DO YOUR RESEARCH! Make a grocery list ahead of time and figure out where the best place to shop will be. Keep an eye out for local coupons, discounts, and no name brands. When you’re at the store check for any sales that might be going on – but only purchase sale items if you need them for your meal prep that week. You aren’t saving money on sale foods if you weren’t going to buy that food in the first place.
- Meatless Mondays – Going vegetarian isn’t necessarily an option for many people, I know it probably would never happen in my house! But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat vegetarian meals 1-3 days a week! Not only are vegetarian protein sources healthy and a cheaper alternative to meat, but also it is also a much better alternative for the environment!
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