I think we can all agree that fresh, homemade, organic food is delicious, and we would happily eat it every day of the week.
Yet the bottom line sometimes becomes an issue as it’s no secret that organic, clean eating can be pricy, especially if you have a family to feed.
I can tell you, unless you have a whole lot of discretionary income, changing over your way of eating and shopping doesn’t usually happen overnight. We make small changes and keep looking for ways to eat clean on our budget and find ways to funnel more money over to the food line. It is an investment, but I can tell you that it is one worth making and for me it is a priority.
To help you out, here are my top 7 tips for eating clean on a budget:
- Make it from scratch – Cooking at home saves money over eating out any day. You can even take it one step further and start making food from scratch, which is even cheaper than buying those fancy, boxed sides and mixes. You will save money and, better yet, you will know exactly what’s in the food you’re eating. Try mastering one new dish a week! This is my favourite source of inspiration: www.minimalistbaker.com
- Plan your meals and shop with a list – It is always a good idea to have a plan. You will save money by knowing what you need and making less trips to the store.
- Buy in bulk – If you can, purchase larger quantities, and freeze and store the extra for another week. Stores always have bigger packs that cost less per unit. Be wary, though: sometimes the big package isn’t less. Be sure to check the unit price and be a smart shopper.
- Shop local and in season – Foods that are in season are generally cheaper than the foods that have to be shipped from halfway around the globe. Also, it pays to know your farmer and buy directly from the source.
- Use discounts or coupons if you can find them. Sometimes, you can find a deal or get a coupon on healthy snacks and some of those great, organic convenience foods.
- Google!!!! Google what you want to buy – you can often find suppliers online that are cheaper and offer great deals.
- Go meatless – If you haven’t cut meat out of your diet yet, you can start by eliminating it from a few meals a week. Beans are cheaper than beef!
Do you have any local resources to share or any tips that can help save a buck? Leave a comment below and let me know.