There’s this misconception that eating healthy is expensive. However, medications, doctors visits, missed work, surgeries, and so on, are not only more expensive but also take away your quality of life. And with a little planning ahead, you might be able to save some money on your grocery bill with these five tips.
- Buy local, in-season produce. Doing this not only increases the quality of your produce, but will also support your local farmers. And you’re paying less than when you buy out of season. The taste of blueberries from across the continent during winter just doesn’t taste as good as local, in-season blueberries. Just sayin’.
- Grow your own produce. You don’t need a grand yard for this. Even if you have access to zero land, you can do a box garden or hang small boxes on your balcony. Doing this will guarantee your produce to be organic, fresh, and it costs pennies. You can pick up seeds at your local nursery or garden store and they can help you find the best produce for your climate and needs.
- Buy the ‘Dirty Dozen’ organic. Buying organic produce is not always feasible for some. But because homemade produce wash recipes are blowing up the internet (and there are ones you can buy), you can wash off most of the pesticides and herbicides used. However, some produce is less hardy when it comes to being sprayed and these have the most pesticide residue. Many health practitioners and researchers recommend buying these twelve things organic: apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, and sweet bell peppers.
- Shop at farmers’ markets and farm stands. During the summer, I’ve found a large bundle of organic Kale for ONE dollar! At most farmers’ markets, the produce for sale is in-season, from local growers, and mostly organic. You’ll also find that you can save around 65%! Towards the end of the market day, you may score even greater deals (maybe even some freebies), as most sellers don’t want to return home with leftover produce.
- Meal Plan. This may require a little more planning and forethought, but prepping your meals for the next three to seven days have many benefits. Not only are you reducing the amount of food you waste, but using this plan as your grocery list will help you save money as well. By meal-planning, you’re not buying in excess and you’re less likely to eat out, therefore benefiting your health and your financial health!