For Women: Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

May 14, 2013  •   Written by admin   •  no comments

Making the conscience decision to eat healthier doesn’t mean your wallet has to suffer. To stick to your budget and eat healthier, follow the three P’s: Plan, Purchase and Prepare.

Plan

  • Plan your meals for the week. Stews and casseroles are good meal options for stretching your dollar, the leftovers can easily be reheated and eaten throughout the week.
  • Make a grocery list.
  • Check for coupons in the newspaper for the more expensive items on your list.

Purchase

  • Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry.
  • Stick to the grocery list.
  • Compare and contrast store brands by using the “Unit Price” located on the shelf to get the best deal.
  • Buy in bulk what you can. Most family packs and bulk items are cheaper than the smaller packages.
  • Only buy fruits and vegetables that are in season.
  • Fast, convenient pre-cut and prepared meals are usually more expensive. Save money by buying items that may require more preparation time.

Prepare

  • Prepare meals in advance on a day off.
  • Triple the recipe size and freeze the leftovers to be reheated at a later time.
  • Try going meatless. Save money by replacing the meat ingredient in recipes with beans, which are a good source of protein at a lower cost.

Tips provided by ChooseMyPlate.gov.

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