How to Eat Clean on a Budget
There's always the common excuse that eating healthy is so expensive. True and false. Eating all organic can have a hefty price tag but that doesn't mean its all organic or nothing. As a recent college graduate I definitely can't afford an all organic diet at the moment. But there's also nothing wrong with that nor do I neglect taking care of my body because some foods aren't organic.
I typically meal prep for my week and have ready to go snacks to bring with me to work. I found that there are a bunch of ways around the expensive budget of buying healthy food.
Check out the list below:
1. Dollar Tree : I love the dollar tree, I literally swear by it. They have actual name brands and everything's a dollar. Question me all you want, I've gotten the following; coconut oil, canned tuna, olive oil, oatmeal, pistachio nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, whole wheat crackers, popcorn, coffee, tea bags, beef jerky, yogurt, water jugs, eggs, and list keeps going. I've spent less than $10 on food that I eat almost daily that's typically double or triple the price in a typical food market.
2. Bjs or Costco : Purchase in bulk. Yes you are paying a little bit more up front but it's worth it in the end. If you are eating salad every day, putting lemons in your tea, making fish/chicken daily, or basically any meal prepping you're saving money in the long run.
3. Coupons : It might sound like something only your grandma does, but it makes a difference if you're shopping on a budget. Get your local circular or go online and print out coupons for your usual purchases. Every bit helps.
4. Plan ahead : Make a list of items you need to purchase before going food shopping. A list will keep you from purchasing anything unnecessary.
5. Thrive Market : I discovered this gem a year ago. It's a healthy market online that you can subscribe to, to get discounted prices on healthy items. I first subscribed because I found avocado oil mayo that I preferred over regular. This gets shipped to your door and often has sales and promotions that can be cheaper from your regular food market.
6. Circulars : Keep an eye out for circulars for stores like Target, Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens. All of these stores carry typical items like snacks and now offer produce.
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