Meal plans can be stressful at the best of times. So, here are some personal tips to eat well and save money.
Healthy foods are often more expensive so trying to save money and eat healthy on a budget can be a struggle. But if you put my tips into practice, I’m confident they will help!
Eat healthy on a budget with these 10 tips. Feel free to comment your ideas at the bottom!
Go when the time is right
Most healthy foods are often the fresh foods. This means that supermarkets often mark-down the price of a lot of fresh food to avoid it going to waste. I would recommend reading through this article which outlines popular mark-down times for the UK’s largest supermarkets.
Make a meal plan and a list – and stick to them!
The easiest way to eat healthy on a budget is to make a meal plan so you know what you are having each day of the week. This means you can make a list of the exact ingredients you need. This is so that you are not reaching for unhealthy alternatives when it comes to meal time. This leads me onto my next point…
Avoid impulsive purchases
There’s two reasons for this. Firstly, impulsive buys are often unhealthy because they are usually on offer or cheap, like processed foods. Secondly, impulsive purchases that deviate from your shopping list are driving up your budget. Before you know it, you have spent £10 more than you had planned.
Most fresh fruits and vegetables can be frozen for longer-lasting goodness. For example, when I buy fresh spinach, after a few days of it being in the fridge, I freeze it. This is to avoid it going bad and in the freezer it will last for weeks! Additionally, a lot of supermarkets now stock pre-chopped frozen vegetables (such as peppers, onions, mushrooms etc.) so the hard work is already done.
Opt for meal choices that are easy and quick to make
After a long day at the office I really just want something that is going to be fast and filling. In the past, I have tried super complicated healthy recipes with ingredients I can’t even pronounce. Often, I end up getting home and ordering a takeaway because I can’t be bothered to cook. These days, I choose easy. That’s because then I am less likely to give in to unhealthy alternatives. Also, the easier recipes tend to have fewer ingredients – making it softer on the bank account! Choose to eat healthy on a budget by making it easy for yourself.
Consider having one meat-free day per week
Hello Magazine recently published an article on the benefits of going meat free for just one day a week. You can read it here. Alongside the perceived health benefits, meat is often amongst the more expensive items in your trolley. Healthy options + cheaper = a winner.
Skip the alcohol isle
It’s a well known fact that alcohol isn’t the most healthy of drink choices. When doing a food shop, skipping those two bottles of wine could save you approximately £12-£30 per week. Plus, you will probably feel healthier for it.
Sign-up to loyalty programs
All the large supermarkets now offer a loyalty program. Tesco have their ‘Clubcard’. Sainsbury’s have a ‘Nectar’ Card and Morrisons’ have their ‘More’ card. Personally, I have a Tesco Clubcard and I use it all the time, in fact, I saved an entire £16 on my last food shop. This is one of the easiest ways to save those pennies.
Try online food shopping
Personally, I prefer to do my food shop online. But maybe I am just being lazy. When online food shopping, you don’t have the temptation to add extras to your trolley that you don’t really need. Plus, it’s easier to see what deals are on! When I shop online, I stick to my list. I also really like Tesco’s recipe section, making it easy for me to choose healthy and get the ingredients added to my basked. You can check it out by clicking here.
Avoid going shopping when you’re hungry
I actually can’t remember where I first heard this tip. It has stuck with me ever since, though. It’s so true! If I go shopping on an empty stomach I am guaranteed to buy more than I had intended and choose the unhealthy and sugary options. Going shopping when you are full means you often choose healthier and wiser. Perhaps this one is just personal opinion though…
If you enjoyed this post, then you might like to read my post on how to reduce your carbon footprint. You can read it by clicking here.