Healthy eating does not have to be expensive. Here are some tips for keeping your calories and budget in balance:

 

Plan your weekly menu in advance. Make a grocery list and stick to it.  Checkout the weekly ads/app for supermarket sales.  Clip coupons or use an app that has coupons. Try not to shop when you are hungry.  Compare store and generic brands for the best buy.  Take advantage of sales. Cook in bulk and freeze or use leftovers for future meals.  Stretch costly meals (like meat dishes) by adding lots of vegetables.  Read food labels to get the best nutrition and the most value for your money.

Choose fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season. Visit your local farmers market for produce or grow you own.  You can also choose frozen fruit or veggies. Buy frozen vs canned.

Beans, peas, eggs, canned tuna (packed in water) and peanut butter are good sources of protein and good buys.

Forgo processed foods -these are unnecessary for health and can save money by avoiding.  The money you save by cutting back on processed or junk foods, you can use towards healthier foods that do cost a bit more.  Also, cut back on portions, this will allow the food to last longer and not buy more as quick. 

Most of us need to watch food costs as we manage our budgets while still prioritizing healthy foods

for our family.  Click here to read helpful tips to buy healthy while staying responsible to your budget.  

Small shifts in the way we feed our families can help us find that sweet spot between staying responsible with our budgets, and feeding ourselves and our families healthy and vital foods.