Many people claim they would like to start living a healthier life and eating better, but that healthy food is far more expensive than junk food and they simply can’t afford it. This claim is plausible, especially if we take into consideration the fact that companies tend to exploit people’s desire to have a healthy life style and they over price foods labeled as “organic” or “natural”. To what extent these foods actually are healthy is another issue, but if you want to know how to eat better without having to double your monthly food budget, keep reading.
Do not shop when you’re hungry
While this is quite intuitive, it’s nonetheless a very important tip to keep in mind. Grocery shopping when you’re hungry only means you’ll keep adding items in your shopping cart because your ability to accurately estimate how much food you need will be seriously challenged. At the same time, shopping right after you’ve just had a satisfying meal means you can shop for less food items, but that are healthier and thus still maintaining a balance in your budget. Just think about how much food you throw away because it doesn’t get eaten and how much money you could have saved and could have spent on healthier meal choices.
Make shopping lists
It’s as simple as that! When you’re in a grocery store you can easily get distracted and tempted by shiny and colorful packaging or claims of super offers. Making a list also means you can more accurately calculate how much money you have to spend on food and you can also plan healthy meals and write down the ingredients you need. A list keeps you focused and helps you save money, as long as you stick to it, of course. It also helps you avoid last minute grocery shopping sessions, which usually result in splurges.
Shop by yourself
This is something to keep in mind, especially if you have kids. It’s really hard to stay focused and only buy the necessary items, when you have toddlers around you getting excited over every chocolate bar they see displayed on the shelves. This way, you also avoid giving in to their solicitations and buying junk food, especially if you find it hard to say “no” to your kids.
You could additionally try and avoid using plastic when you go shopping, only carry a certain amount of cash with you, this way you’ll be constrained to stick to your budget and save money for healthier foods.