Eating healthy on a budget you would think do not go hand-in-hand. Especially, with the increased price of healthy foods as compared to fast food prices. But there is a WAY. I am determined to make healthy choices for my family and myself without killing my pocket.
Healthy nutritious meals prove to be harder to afford and harder to maintain. Nevertheless, focus on achieving a nutrition and healthy eating lifestyle with the use of a budget! Bad word, I know; I struggle with this every week. This is exactly what we need among other mechanisms to push us to staying healthy. Budgeting our finances monthly or weekly is essential for any household regardless of the how much money we make. The following are some ways that can be useful in aiding a healthy lifestyle.
How to Stay Healthy On a Budget
• Meal planning is essential for budgets. By using a meal plan, we know exactly what to purchase. Lack of a meal plan creates a possibility of a meal being anything. If you allow your stomach to do the choosing for you at this state, we are too hungry to make a healthy eating choice. If you can manage picking a healthy choice while super hungry, you must be some sort of superhero. Thus, start by drafting a defined list of meals for the week and or month. Use this meal plan to set up a budget.
• Not buying more groceries than you need is a very difficult step for impulse buyers AKA me. Nevertheless, it is necessary for the light of a better and or functioning healthy meal plan. Supermarkets are tempting grounds. One can ensure that they purchase the relevant groceries and healthy foodstuffs by avoiding window-shopping and sticking to the isles that provide the relevant stuff. Also, avoid promotion isles.
• Using a grocery list to shop might come in very handy. A restricting list and a restricted purchasing power will leave you adjusting and sticking to the list. Head over to your general store with a grocery list and the exact amount of money you were willing to spend on the items.
• Hook up with a local farmer for fresh foods. Fresh foods here are inclusive of fresh fruit and vegetables, especially the seasonal ones. Get a trusted source of fresh foodstuffs. This connection and constant loyalty will earn you discounts from your local farmer. This will be a nudge in the right direction in terms of budgeting.
• Do not shop when hungry. A hungry man is an angry man. Hunger causes frustration. Shopping in a frustrated state causes heightened stress levels and this reduces the possibility of making calculated, responsible, and reasonable choices. Don’t shop HANGRY!
• Buy non-perishable foods in larger quantities and make sure you store them well. Buying in bulk costs less, as compared to buying in singles. Storage is the main issue in most homes. Buy in bulk when you are completely sure that the food will not go bad. As this will be a great loss and a fallback on the budget.
• Intend to finish up your leftovers, by using them to make other meals. Leftovers are a great budgeting fall back. Refrain from throwing away leftovers and strive to finish them or create other meals with them. This ensures that nothing is wasted.
Go ahead and buy some organic produce and treat it like GOLD!
Use every inch of it and don’t waste anything!
The last thing you could do that would likely benefit both you and your family is looking into building a business from your kitchen on your spare hours during the week and earning some extra money to help pay for healthier options. If you’d like to hear more about how I can mentor you to do this on your own from your own house, just send me a message today so we can chat.
Remember, health now so we can avoid sick later. Invest in yourself and your family. You’re worth it.