14 Ways to Save Money and Eat Healthy

14 Ways to Save Money and Eat Healthy
It is possible to eat healthy and save money at the same time with these simple tips.

 

We all want to take care of ourselves and our families, but there’s no harm in saving money while we do it. With some planning, it is possible to live well and spend less.

  • Join the mailing list for your local grocery store, health food store, and natural products store. They’ll help you shop the sales. Bonus tip: If a store has a points card, use it!
  • Keep an eye out for freebies, coupons, and discounts for your favorite brands. Check their websites, stores, and sign up for sample emails as well.
  • Dried beans are cheaper than cooked beans. Make them in bulk and freeze them, just be sure to freeze the cooked beans separately from the liquid (save it for soup stock or vegan baking).
  • Shop for fruits and veggies in season to get the lowest prices.
  • Freeze vegetable scraps in a plastic bag or container. When the bag is full, fill a large pot with water, add the vegetables, and simmer for a couple of hours. Add in herbs and you’ve got homemade broth. Store in the freezer in jars or bags or even ice cube trays any use anytime you need stock.
  • If your greens start to wilt, you can steam them with a bit of lemon juice and olive oil or purée them with water and store in ice cube trays to add some vegetables to your morning smoothies.
  • Shop for grains, beans, spices, nuts and nut butters, and seeds in bulk, but only buy what you need. Some stores even have a bring-your-own-container policy.
  • Host a potluck dinner instead of meeting friends at restaurants.
  • Try lunch instead of dinner at your favorite restaurant, or order an appetizer instead of an entrée.
  • If you can’t get through a loaf of bread or bagels, freeze them as soon as you get home. This keeps them fresh for when you’re ready to eat them.
  • Make condiments like salsa, jam, and mayo yourself.
  • Plan your meals and only buy what’s on your list. Make room for at least two leftover nights each week to use up what’s in your fridge instead of letting it go to waste.
  • Drink more water, but ditch the bottle. Bring a BPA-free reusable bottle wherever you go, and fill up instead of buying bottles.
  • Go meatless more often and cut your grocery bill. Opt for cheaper proteins like beans, legumes, and whole grains like quinoa.