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10 Helpful Tips for Eating Healthy Without Spending Your Entire Paycheck at the Grocery Store

Eating healthy without breaking the bank is possible!


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Melissa Scala

2 years ago | 2 min read

What is your current grocery budget like? Are you overspending most weeks? It is one of the easier things to overspend on — I can attest to that! I finally reigned in my grocery budget using these 10 tips. Take a look and see if you can save a few bucks on your healthy groceries too.

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1. Meal plan! I am serious about this tip. It has been a game-changer for me. Get out your cookbooks, grab a notebook and open the Pinterest app to plan your meals for the next week or two. Take inventory of your pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what you already have that you can make into a meal. Hint… if you have a can of black beans and need inspiration on what to make, type ‘black bean recipes’ into Pinterest and explore! This saves money, time — AND STRESS!

2. Cook at home. This will save money, and will likely be healthier. You will know exactly what you are putting into your meal creation. Save the easiest meals to make during the week if you don’t have a ton of evening time to cook.

3. Buy generic brands. You don’t always need top brands to get healthy foods. I always look at generic brands first. I read the labels to ensure I am not putting things into my body I don’t want.

4. Look at Walmart and Thrive Market. This is what I do for some of the pricier items that I like to have in my pantry. I can often find them cheaper at Walmart and sometimes on Thrive Market as they often have sales.

5. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables. Frozen fruit is perfect for smoothies and oats. You can buy a bag of frozen broccoli and roast it in the oven and you’ve got a delicious veggie side. Bonus: frozen won’t spoil anytime soon.

6. When possible, buy in bulk. This typically will save you money. Some good options to buy in bulk would be rice, millet, oats, etc.

7. Grow your own produce and herbs. There is nothing more satisfying than walking outside to snip a few sprigs of herbs or grab a few tomatoes. If you don’t have the space for a garden, you can grow so many things in containers (this is what I currently do).

8. Replace meat with other protein sources a few days a week, such as eggs, canned fish, and legumes.

9. This might be obvious: avoid buying highly processed foods.

10. Avoid shopping when you are hungry. We have all done this and ended up buying unhealthy foods and spending more than we planned. Donuts call my name at the grocery store! Stick to your grocery shopping list on a full stomach! Better yet, shop online, then go pick it up. When I shop online I don’t ‘wander the isles’, which helps me avoid buying things that were not on my list.

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Go back to #4 on the list and share in the comments where you find your groceries at the best price below. I am all about saving money and would love some fresh ideas.

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