10 Ways to Save Money on Healthy Foods

A lot of us tend to avoid eating healthy foods because we think that they are more expensive. And while they can be, they don’t have to be. Listed below are ten ways to save money on healthy foods.

  1. Use Coupons. You don’t need a newspaper subscription to clip coupons, there are thousands of websites that help shoppers find the coupons they are looking for. Take advantage of store sales and combine them with a coupon to save even more money.
  2. Buy Produce in Season. Produce is always cheaper if you buy it when it is in season. Check different farmers markets and roadside stands, as they can sometimes be cheaper than the stores.
  3. Plan Ahead. Don’t buy something just because it is on sale, unless you plan on using it. Produce can go bad very quickly, so be prepared to use it up or freeze it within a few days of purchase. You may have gotten a great deal, but if it spoils and gets thrown out you just wasted the money.
  4. Buy Generic. Generic foods have gotten a bad rap for not tasting as good as name brands, but actually some are produced at the same place. Generics are of the same quality as name brands, and you may even like the taste better knowing that you saved money on them.
  5. Buy in Bulk. If you do not have a warehouse club near by, you can get the same results by shopping smart and buying large quantities when items go on sale. Whether it is lean meats or produce, you can stock up and freeze what you do not use right away.
  6. Grow Your Own. Growing your own food is a wonderful way to save money. If you have never gardened before, you can do research online, take a class offered in your local community or ask around with friends, family or where you buy seeds, for advice on what to grow and how to take care of them. This is a great opportunity for parents to teach their kids about where food comes from, plus they are more likely to eat it if they grew it themselves.
  7. Make Nice with Your Grocer. A lot of times, grocery stores know ahead of time, sometimes as much as a few weeks ahead, of when they are going to have sales. Get friendly with someone in each department and see if they can keep you informed of what sales are coming up.
  8. Buy Frozen. If your favorite fruit or vegetable is not in season, you can buy them in the frozen section and they are just as healthy for you. You can do this at any time, especially if you are worried about them spoiling. Just take out what you need, and leave the rest in the freezer.
  9. Avoid Pre-Packaged Foods. Individually wrapped foods, especially snacks, can get very expensive. Instead, opt for purchasing the ingredients yourself and preparing your own mix. Take oatmeal, for instance, you can purchase a large package of generic oatmeal and flavor it yourself with dried cranberries and a drizzle of honey.
  10. Do Your Own Prep & Seasoning. Buying already sliced and diced foods, as well as foods that have been pre-seasoned, can get expensive. As soon as you get home from the store wash your produce (except for berries, which can mold) and cut as needed. If you purchase your meats raw and unseasoned, you will not only be saving money, but you will be controlling what and how much seasoning goes into your dishes, which can make them even healthier.

Buying healthy foods does not have to be expensive, as you can see from the list above. I hope you can use one, if not all of the tips listed above, to save money on your next purchase of healthy foods.