Is it really possible to save money on groceries and get healthy at the same time? It definitely is! I spend way less than most people on groceries and I buy very high quality groceries. But, it is a process to learn how to spend less and eat healthy. It can definitely be challenging at times! Here are 5 steps to make it easier.
5 Steps to Save Money on Groceries and Get Healthy
1. Choose your Reason for Saving Money and Getting Healthy
I also love feeling good and having a healthy body. I know what it is like to feel badly, and miss out on doing things I wanted to do in life. I treasure my health.
2. Track Your Spending
For example Tiffany spends as little as $330 a month to feed her family. And she also eats healthy real food including some organics. (You can check out her Grocery Budget Bootcamp out here.)
Find out how much you are spending with my free printable Food Expense Tracker.
3. Choose Cheap Healthy Groceries and Make a Meal Plan
- There are some yummy salmon recipes here.
- There are a lot of ideas for my favorite cheap side dish here.
- You might also like some of my quick and healthy dinner ideas.
- Soup is a very inexpensive meal when you use homemade chicken broth. The broth helps to “stretch the protein” so that you can get away using less meat. This Hearty Sausage Kale Soup would be a very inexpensive meal especially served with cornbread.
- Meals based around beans are super cheap. (In fact, beans might save you $12,000!) This 3 Bean Soup is filling and very inexpensive!
- Changing only a few meals a week. Even cooking a few meals can save you alot-especially if you normally eat out or rely on expensive convenience foods.
- Make grilled cheezes using healthy store bought bread. Serve them with veggies.
- Cook once and double or triple the recipe. Eat the leftovers for a few days.
4. Go Shopping and Cook
5. Compare Your Spending
- You can keep tracking your expenses even after you start changing your spending habits and compare the numbers.
- You could take out in cash what you used to spend for a month on food, and put it in an envelope marked “food”. Then only use this cash to buy your groceries/pay at the restaurant. When the month is up, use the cash you didn’t spend on whatever you want. The only caveat is that if you order something online, you will need to take that out of the cash as well.