If you are like most people, the money you spend to feed your family can quickly eat up a good chunk of your monthly income. For those struggling to make ends meet, this can pose an even bigger challenge. To make things even more difficult, a healthy diet in many cases can cost more money. Fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive. So are healthy meats, fish and poultry. Keep in mind that grocery stores are a business and they use well researched tricks to get you to spend and eat more, not less.
There are a few steps you can take to help you choose healthy foods while at the same time protecting your wallet…
1. Plan Ahead
Healthy eating starts with making good choices in the grocery store. Before you even step out the door to go grocery shopping, plan your meals for the week and create your shopping list from this menu. It doesn’t take much time and spares you having to make a quick trip to the store when you run out of an ingredient. To save even more money use coupons, check grocery flier specials and incorporate these items into your weekly menu.
You may also wish to consult Canada’s Food Guide or MyPyramid, a government nutrition website when making your menu for the week. A few minutes spent planning ahead can help save time, money and aggravation as well as make it easier to eat a well-balanced diet.