If I could look at the total amount that I have spent since I first started eating clean I would probably drop dead. To be honest, I don’t even want to know the full amount. Can you all relate??
Grocery shopping can be hectic all on its own and then throw in the fact that you want to eat healthy! Where to start? What to purchase and how much? How can I save money and eat healthy at the same time??? Don’t worry guys and gals, I got you. Here are my top five tips and tricks on how you can eat healthy and keep your money in your wallet. 🙂
CHANGE YOUR MIND FRAME
Alright, I want you to think for a second about how important your health is to you, and I also want you to think that if you could put a price tag to your health, what would it be? When you think about your health, what is it that you see? Do you see a long and happy life, being able to travel and do the things you want, being physically and mentally healthy so you can support yourself and your future? To me, I couldn’t put a price tag on my health; it’s priceless. Health is wealth! Being healthy and eating healthy lowers your risks for many diseases which in turn will help you to live a longer and happier life and cut back on health care costs.
SET A BUDGET
Never go into a shopping trip without a game plan! Iv’e done this on so many occasions and have left the store wanting to kick myself. If you want to save money on groceries, write out a budget and a list of items you NEED. I do this by categorizing my foods. For example, I decide what things I need for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, and I do not go outside of that list no matter what!
This one is a huge one for me. Wherever I decide to go shopping, I look up their current flyer. On their flyer, they list their deals, sales, and coupons and this allows me to create a game plan and a list of what I need for the week ahead. I also do this by category, but I get a little more specific with this one. For example, I look at fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats. This gives me a specific idea of how much my grocery trip will cost rather than just guesstimating!
BUY IN BULK
I eat oatmeal every single morning, and I really mean EVERY morning. I was purchasing a new container of oatmeal every other week and it was getting a little pricey. My two staple foods that I eat all the time are oats and rice, so I decided to buy those things in bulk and it has saved me so much money! To put into perspective, a 1.5 pound bag of brown rice and a 1.5 pound bag of oatmeal is generally anywhere from $3 to $5 depending on the brand and the packaging. To buy it in bulk, its 99 cents a pound!!
PURCHASE FROZEN VEG
Frozen veggies are frozen right after they are harvested, meaning that they contain just as much nutrients as fresh plus they are a fraction of the cost! Now some vegetables I buy fresh like: my mixed greens, spinach, asparagus, and a few others. Everything else, I buy frozen for two reasons. One, because it saves me money and two, it saves me so much time! I love frozen broccoli, peas, green beans, and cauliflower.
These are just a few of the ways that I save money and it truly helps me tremendously. If you have other ways you like to save money when it comes to shopping leave me a comment down below!