HEALTHY EATING ON A BUDGET! USEFUL TIPS!
| FOOD & LIFE
I trust you all are doing well, and I’ve BEEENNN meaning to do this blog post for a while now, I’m glad I’ve FINALLY gotten to doing so! 🙂 One of the questions that lands up in my DM’s the most, on my social media regarding healthy eating is:
“Hi Katleho, could you tell me how I can start the eating healthy journey when I’m on a tight budget?”
All the time. This has become a common question in my inbox, and truly, I get it. Eating healthily is often seen as very expensive, especially when considering the prices of things like Apple Cider Vinger, Coconut Oil, Glass Noodles, or Rolled Oats…. They are quite pricey, especially when you are a student for instance, looking to start trying out the healthier lifestyle.
Well, fear not! I have some GREAT tips for you, that will help you get started on your journey, and hopefully help you save a buc or two 🙂
5 TIPS TO HEALTHY EATING ON A BUDGET
As daunting as eating healthy may seem on someone with a budget- the best thing you can do for yourself is follow these simple tips when beginning, and it will make the process a lot easier, and more softer on your pocket too!
- PREPARE YOUR MEALS AT HOME! PACK YOUR LUNCHES
This is SOOOO important and that’s why I wanted to make it point number 1. If you want to start following the healthy journey and making it a lifestyle, cooking at home, and preparing your meals at home, will be your BEST friend especially when you are on a budget! Eating out is expensive, and take aways are less expensive, but bad for you, so it’s not like you’ll be eating healthily. If you are used to cooking large portions when cooking at home, it’ll help you save food, plan your meals, and pack a lunch box for school/work for a few days. 🙂 It’s a lot of planning work, but saves you so much at the end of the month!
- PLAN YOUR MEALS AND SHOP FOR ONLY WHAT YOU NEED!
Planning is probably one of the most important things to do when it comes to eating healthily and ensuring that you save some coin at the end of every month. Make a grocery list- BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED! Do not compromise here, that is why it is ALWAYS a bad idea to go shopping when you are hungry. So PLAN your grocery list, buy only what you need. In this way you are not wasting money, or throwing away food you know you wont need.
- BUY WHOLE FOODS NOT PROCESSED!
This is another important tip! Buy whole foods, rather than buying their processed counter parts. It proves to always be considerably cheaper! So when buying cheese, by a block of cheese, and not grated or mixed cheeses. When buying rice, by normal wholegrain rice, rather than the fancy seasoned and spiced, box rices which you can warm up. LOL. When buying cereal, by wholegrain cereals like rolled oats, instead of processed ones like Rice Krispies for example. The plus with this is that they are often sold in bigger quantities so you have more servings in each pack, compared to processed foods. 🙂 That helps you save, and not have to buy it the following month.
- FRESH PRODUCE CHEAPER AT MARKETS!
Now this is a contentious issue, but I honestly believe that rather buy fresh produce at a market style store like Food Lovers Market or a weekly farmers market, rather then picking it up at a grocery store like Pick n Pay or Woolworths or Spar for example. Buying them in bulk, chopping them up when you get home and freezing them is also helpful too!
- STOP BUYING JUNK FOOD FOR THE HOME!!
You will be surprised at home much money you will save if you stop buying Chips, Biscuits, chocolates, Coldrinks, already packaged meals!! They are often expensive really for what they are, and don’t provide much nutrition- the thing is, if you are looking to eat healthy, you’re going to drastically reduce junk food anyway. It’ll help when it comes to saving your coin! This much I can assure you!!
I hope this has helped! There are so many other pointers that i can list, so if you want a part two to this, then please let me know, and i’ll gladly do one for you! 🙂 What do you do if you are healthy eating and you’re on a tight budget?
Happy healthy living!
Until the next one,
Live in light and Love <3