Eating healthy on a budget

By Zoe Taylor

Healthy eating is important for a lot of reasons: it reduces stress and fatigue, makes you more alert, fit and ensures general well being. However, it can be expensive, and that can make the idea a lot less appealing. We’ve got some great tips for you on eating healthy without having to spend too much money.

Stay in season
Out of season fruits and vegetables are more expensive because they have to be imported from another country where they are in season. So try to stay seasonal with your fruits and vegetables to avoid paying more.

Bulk up
When there’s a sale price or two-for-one deals on certain healthy items, such as nuts, breads, fruits, etc. buy them in bulk for that week and put them in the freezer so that they’ll stay fresher for longer and you can save on your shopping the following week.

Look for value
Similar to the previous tip, looking for value involves checking the amount of packaged foods such as pasta, and deciding whether it’s worth buying a larger packet – while this may be more expensive at the time, it actually works out to be cheaper and saves you money. If, for example, a 500g packet of pasta is $2.50 and a 750g packet is $3.25, you actually end up saving 50 cents. Maybe that’s not a massive amount, but it adds up!

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Keep it simple
Choose recipes that don’t require a lot of different ingredients. Avoid recipes that contain obscure items that may be hard to find and pricey. This will not only save you money, but it will save you time as well – the less ingredients, the less prep time.

Left overs
If you make enough of your lunch/dinner for an extra serving, you can put it in the fridge/freezer and heat it up for lunch the next day. While you may be spending a little extra on more ingredients for your meals, you’re ultimately saving money (and time) because you don’t have to make or buy a completely new meal. Check out some great meals that make tasty leftovers here.

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