Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
Eating well on a budget can be a challenge. Below are some tips to help you get started.
Make a shopping list and stick to it.
Making a list will help you stay focused and save money. Try to avoid shopping when you’re hungry as you will likely buy more than you need!
Look for items on the top and bottom shelves.
The most expensive brands are kept at eye level. Also, try to shop the outer edges of the grocery store, where the fresh and healthy options are.
Shop at discount or low frills grocery stores.
Discount or low frills grocery stores generally offer lower prices. Another option is small, fruit and vegetable stores, which often have lower prices on other items.
Try to buy what’s in season.
The BC Association of Farmer’s Markets has information about what’s in season each month.
Buy frozen and canned fruits and vegetables.
Buying frozen and canned fruits and vegetables is a great idea all year round. They tend to be less expensive, and a great way to limit food waste. Frozen fruits and veggies are a nutritious alternative to fresh products.
Buy items in bulk
It’s much cheaper to buy many items in bulk – beans, rice, pasta, nuts, seeds, spices, baking items, etc.
Avoid buying snack size, single serve items or pre-prepared items.
Snack size, single serve items or pre-prepared items (like grated cheese or cut fruit) are often more expensive because they are convenient.
Look for less expensive cuts of meat or larger packages.
You can freeze and use less expensive cuts of meat or larger packages for several meals. Or, try and use beans or lentils in your meals. They are a good source of protein and cheaper than buying meats.
Look for store brand or generic items while shopping.
A store brand or generic item is often cheaper than a name-brand item. If possible, compare the unit price (price per 100ml or 100g) of the food you are buying. Check out this handy unit price calculator to help you easily uncover the better bargain.
Keep an eye out for store flyers.
Check out the weekly flyers of your grocery store to see what’s on sale.