Anyone who has ever made a concerted effort to be healthy knows how difficult it can be to do on a budget (for some reason, fresh fruit is expensive, while Cheetos come with a bargain basement price tag). I am here to tell you it is possible to stay healthy without spending your last dime doing it; it just takes a little bit more work. Trust me, with the right preparation and a little bit of research, you will be living your best healthy life in no time.
Here are 8 tips on living a healthy lifestyle on a budget!
1. Plan! Plan! Plan!
Keep a journal of the healthy ingredients you want to eat so you know what to pick up from the grocery store and the amount you can spend weekly. That way, you will know your exact budget for the week as well as what you can and can’t buy. Bottom line here is that by keeping track literally with a pen and paper, you will be able to stay on track with your goal of eating healthy.
2. Did someone say coupons?
Coupons are your new best friends: Take advantage of them. While coupons in magazines or newspapers are great, we are big fans of Ibotta, too, which allows you to get money back on a big range of healthy food and even fruit and vegetables. Download the app, and get cash back at your favorite grocery stores from Walmart to Kroger.
3. Start working out at home
Who said you need to leave your sweet humble abode to work out? A lot of Instagram-famous fitness trainers post amazing workouts that you can easily do at home, so why not give a few a try. You can even set-up your own mini gym at home buying a few free weights which aren’t expensive at all. And start thinking about your day in terms of how you can exercise. For instance, why walk your dog when you can jog your dog?
4. Spend your day at a Farmer’s Market
Everyone always assumes that Whole Foods and other health-minded supermarkets are the best when it comes to eating healthy, but here is the thing, shopping local farms or farmers markets can save you tons of money on fresh food. It’s just a matter of Googling where one is in your area, and making it a part of your routine.
5. Start freezing your healthy food
Freezing your produce can help you stock up when you find good prices. For instance, produce like corn can be bought in the summer when it is priced the best and then frozen for several months.
6. Don’t overlook the frozen food aisle
According to a study in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh ones. Frances Largeman-Roth, the Senior Food and Nutrition Editor at Health magazine attests, “Frozen food, especially produce, is awesome because it’s picked at the peak of ripeness and the process locks in nutrients. Fresh produce that gets shipped cross country and then sits in the produce aisle for a few days can lose nutrients by the time you get around to cooking it.” In other words, don’t overlook the frozen food aisle!
7. Buy groceries in bulk
8. Leftovers are your friend
If you don’t finish what you cooked for dinner, don’t throw it out! For instance, use your leftover chicken and salad you ate on a Wednesday night and turn into a wrap for your Thursday lunch. You just stretched one meal into two, and the savings of doing that can be huge.
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