Eating healthier is an admirable goal, and we’d all like to look and feel our best. Still, getting started can be tough. There are old habits to break. There are new ways of shopping, cooking and even thinking to learn. And, for many would-be health nuts, there are financial barriers.
Sadly, that processed food much of America relies on is cheap—especially when compared with healthy choices such as salmon and organic produce.
Do you have to choose between improving your health and improving your bank account? Not necessarily. Smart shopping can help you cut back the cost of eating well.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Buy fresh produce in season: certain fruits and vegetables are more accessible and less expensive at particular times of the year. Expand your grocery list to take in seasonal fruits and vegetables for each time of year, so you can always take advantage of the abundance.
Buy dry goods: Beans, brown rice and other staples are relatively inexpensive in any form, but buying them dry in larger quantities makes them even more affordable. For example, you may be able to buy a bag of dry beans that will last for a month for about the same price you’d pay for a single can.
Stock up: If you have room to store food, buying in larger quantities and buying healthy items when they’re on sale can save you quite a bit of money. Added bonus: you’ll always have something healthy on hand.
Eating well can be more expensive than eating junk, but it doesn’t have to be cost-prohibitive. A little planning will make your money go a long way.