Not all of us can afford luxury gyms and organic meals. What many fail to understand however, is that being on a tight budget doesn’t mean giving up on being healthy - especially when it comes to food. Here are our top tips for keeping slim without the extra cash!
Avoid name brands - This is perhaps the most obvious mention, but it is still worth discussing. Name brands are very often the exact same product in different packaging, for sometimes up to twice the price of no name brands. There are many arguments about slight taste or texture differences, but when you’re on a budget, it’s not worth the extra cash.
Coupons, coupons, coupons - You would be surprised at how much you can save by collecting coupons! Things such as $2 off cereal or 1 free carton of strawberries adds up fast and you could save enormous amounts every time you shop! Another way to save is signing up for a rewards program - gathering points for getting groceries and eventually earning your way to free groceries or coupons!
Bulk up a cheap meal - Always a cheap buy, pasta and tomato sauce is a staple in a budgeter’s diet. We suggest using whole grain pasta and adding ground turkey (often cheaper and healthier than ground beef!) and veggies to bulk up this dish into a proper healthy meal. The same can be done for other cheap finds - find ways to be creative!
Make your own soup - High in volume, low in calories: soups and stews are a great way to fill up the right way, at the right price. Making your own soup is as easy as buying Oxo cubes, veggies, and (optional) a bit of meat. There are many soups that require even less! Stews can turn even the toughest cut of meat into a melt-in-your-mouth dish - throw in some potatoes and carrots and you’ve got a meal that will satisfy the hungriest of families.
Buy in bulk - Purchasing things like cereal, nuts, granola, and various baking supplies may seem convenient in the grocery store but there is always a cheaper way! Buying these and more items at a bulk food store can save you more money than you’d think. Having a membership to Costco can also be handy for those with larger families!
Don’t balk at frozen - Buying frozen veggies and fruits is undoubtedly cheaper than buying fresh - and it lasts longer, too! Because these items are frozen fresh, they don’t actually lose the valuable nutrients found in grocery-store-fresh food. The textures are not the same, but the difference isn’t noticeable once you’ve thrown them into a stir fry or soup.
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