You want to eat healthier right?
You’ve been told that you should stop buying junk food and start buying more organic this and free range that.
Then when you start to change the way you eat there’s one big thing that’s at the top of your mind.
The problem with eating healthy is that it isn’t cheap, or is it?
Today I want to share with you how you can get away with eating healthy while on a budget.
I live in one of the most expensive places in the world (Sydney) and living on a personal training income means I have to stretch my pennies where I can.
Over the years of bargain hunting, there are a few tricks I’ve picked up along the way that has allowed me to be able to eat extremely healthy while not breaking the bank.
You can use these tricks below to help save you at least $20 – $50 a week depending on how crafty you are.
Look for sales
One of the best things you can do is look for reduced priced foods that are close to being out of date.
Because a lot of people don’t buy organic and free range there is more opportunity for them to go off or get close to the use by date, which means that supermarkets will put them on special because they don’t want to lose money.
Here’s a quick example of what I mean:
The other day I was in a local supermarket and I needed to buy some milk.
As I was walking down the aisle, I saw that there was an organic milk that usually costs $4.50 and because it was going out of date in a few days it was on sale for $3.
It was a 1L milk bottle and I knew that I would drink 1L within the next 4 days (1 cup of milk a day) so I was able to save myself a few pennies.
Saving myself that $1.50 may not seem like much but that was just of the things I picked up during the week, and I’m always finding foods on special close to their use by date.
If you’re saving yourself a $1.50 here, and $1.50 there, the more you shop for bargains, the more you look around to get things cheaper, on special, the easier it’s going to be for you to stick to eating healthy.
You’ll be surprised at how many things that shops put on special, or if they haven’t got it on special you can even haggle them because they want to make a profit.
Have you ever seen a whacky banana or an apple that just looks a little off?
Did you steer clear from it?
People don’t like to buy ugly or imperfect fruit and vegetables because they think there’s something wrong with it.
The truth is though, these foods contain just as many nutrients as a regular looking fruit.
Because people don’t like ugly looking fruit and vegetables there has now become a market for these kinds of foods.
There are actually really cool areas in Woolworths, Coles and whole foods called “imperfect” sections.
Basically, this is where they put all of the food that doesn’t look perfect and You can buy these up for way cheaper.
I got a kilo bag of pears for a dollar and capsicums for $3 when they were priced at $7 a kg.
You can get cucumbers, apples, zucchini’s sweet potato and basically every fruit and vegetable you can think of in this area.
You could literally do your whole fruit and vegetable shopping just at the imperfect section.
I buy home brand all the time because honestly there’s not much of a difference between home brand and big named brands.
When you actually have a look at the nutritional differences on the back of the packets and compare the ingredients, most of the time there’s no difference.
If there is the difference it’s usually the home brand containing fewer additives, sweeteners and other add ins because they’re also trying to save money so they can compete with the big brands.
Don’t think just because it’s branded it means that it’s “Better”.
There’s always a cheaper option and if there’s no difference in ingredients go for the cheaper version.
Sometimes when the cost of broccoli, cauliflower or any other vegetables are higher than usual, you can go to the freezer section to get them frozen.
Because they’ve been frozen at their peak, they’re full of nutrients, you have more time to use them and there’s no real chance of you having to throw the vegetables out because they go off.
There’s nothing worse than buying a fridge full of fresh vegetables, but then having to throw them out during the week because you’ve been to busy too cook them.
When you buy frozen you’ve always got something there that’s going to nourish you, can be easily cooked and it can sometimes be cheaper depending on what you get.
I suggest you start using this tips next time you go food shopping and then at the end of the week, compare them to your last few food bills and look at the differences between them.
Like I said it’s $1.50 and $1.50 there but when you’re picking up a few bargains you’re going to save yourself a bucket load.
How do you save?
If you have any other tips on how you save money while shopping healthy, comment down below.