Two common statements I here too often is :
- “Eating healthy is too expensive”
- “I would eat healthy, but it just cost too much”
I too, thought these statements were true until I changed my mindset and made a lifestyle change to become fit!
If you pay $5 for a coffee 5x a week, eat out for lunch spending an average $7 5x a week, and grab something quick to chew on from the vending machine $1 5x a week- you can afford “healthy”, “wholesome”, “nutritious” food, you just paid my grocery bill on average for 2 weeks!
When someone says, “Eating healthy is too expensive”, I ask- “Compared to what?”
My health is my first priority. Spending money on food is not a question, it is a priority of mines.
My typical grocery list consists of
- Proteins: Chicken ($1.99-$2.99lb), Ground Turkey ($2.43-$3.99 per package), Tuna ($1-$1.79 a can), Eggs/Egg whites ($1.59-$4.00), Fish ($10 for 10 servings)
- Carbs: Sweet Potatoes ($2-$3 for a bag of 8), Brown Rice ($1.50 for about 8-10 servings), Quinoa ($3 for about 8- 10 servings)
- Fats: Avocados ($1-$1.50 for 1), Cashew Butter ( $7-$8 for about 10 servings), Coconut Oil ($6-$8 32oz jar)
- Fruits & Vegetables: Grapefruit ($2-$4 for a bag of 6-8), Spinach/Kale/Lettuce ($.99-$1.25 a bundle), Blueberries/Strawberries/Raspberries Frozen ($2.50-$3 a bag), Squash/Zucchini ($2-$3 for 3-5 in a pack)
On Average I spend $60-$80 every 2 weeks on groceries, which isn’t much. (I use to spend the same amount to get my nails done!)
Your groceries can come out cheaper then $60-$80 by these few tips!
- Buy Fruits and Vegetables in Season – checkout this list to see what you can buy today
- Shop at your local farmers market – in the Atlanta Area check out Dekalb Farmers Market, I absolute love this place, especially for their spices!
- Get a Rewards/Customer Card at any participating grocery store- those extra $.50- $1.00 off savings goes a long way
- Aldi! If you have one, go! …Right Now… discounted price galore
- Make a grocery list and stick to it. Have you heard, “fail to plan, plan to fail” it goes with grocery shopping too. Don’t buy anything that is not on your list, that is not a necessity. Another Tip: NEVER shop when you are hungry– you will buy everything! :::guilty:::
- Make healthy eating a lifestyle change– when eating healthy is all you want to do, there is no price point that will deter you away from
Do you find it hard to eat healthy on a budget?
What are some of your tips on buying healthy food?
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