6 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
This is a great post to bookmark since we are asked about how it is possible to still eat healthy, but stick to a budget. Sometimes it can be a challenge depending on the time of year and what is available, but overall we have found a few helpful ways to get get clean/organic foods on a good budget:
1. Membership at wholesale places like Costco, etc. Nowadays, there are more and more organic options there.
2. Smaller chain stores like Trader Joe’s: they have fantastic quality non-grocery items that are priced great! Fruit and veggies , with a few exceptions, I’d prefer to buy elsewhere.
3. Ask your local health food shops for discount on bulk orders: 10-20% off is easily given, but I had 40% off purchases too, depending on what you buy.
4. Community orders: google health-conscious communities in your area. FB groups or Meetup is where I look when I need one. Usually, people get together and place bulk orders, and because there are many people, the prices are really good. Same goes for farm trips: get together with someone, being bulk is much more budget friendly.
5. Organic does not equal “best”. I personally prefer Kosher over organic, but better yet, if there is a way to find a small farmer and make friends with them - that’s the ideal. You help someone, and you know the quality is amazing. Many of these small farmers cannot afford organic certifications, but the quality of their food is better than some of the big organic labels.
6. Ask a local store for the time when they discount produce: I practiced this for years. Every local health food store discounts their produce on a certain day and/or at a certain time. If you come right around the time, better a few minutes before, you can get best picks of organic produce at 50-70% off or more. It’s not the most convenient of the methods, but, hey, when you get a haul of amazing produce that can easily be frozen for smoothies and baking and only pay a few dollars for it, it’s worth the hassle in my book.
What can you, guys, add? Curious, is this something you even worry about or food is not a big deal for you?
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