It is commonly perceived that eating healthier costs more. Here we list ten useful tips to cut down cost of food and still achieve healthy eating:
1. Celebrate the season.
Use fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season.
They are easier to get, have more flavour, and are usually cheaper.
Your local farmer’s market is a great source of seasonal produce.
2. Why pay full price?
Check the offers online; at the store look for sales, coupons, and specials that will cut food costs (clubcards).
Often, you can get more for less by visiting larger supermarkets (look for discounts if available).
3. Stick to your shopping list.
Plan out your meals ahead of time and make a shopping list. You will save money by buying only what you need.
Don’t just shop when you’re hungry.
Shopping after eating will make it easier to pass on the tempting snack foods.
4. Try canned or frozen food.
These can be as healthy as fresh food at a lower price, particularly when out of season.
Compare the price and the number of servings from fresh, canned, and frozen forms of the same veggie or fruit.
Canned and frozen items may be less expensive than fresh.
For canned items, choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice and vegetables with “low sodium” or “no salt added” (read the label).
Make food in batches and freeze extra portions. You can also freeze some fruit and vegetables; bananas can be frozen without their skins on, and berries can be frozen. Vegetables need to be blanched (boiled for 1 -2 minutes) before freezing.
5. Buy in bulk when items are
Some foods can be stored for relatively long periods.
Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables can be bought in large quantities when they are on sale, since they last much longer.
6. Buy small amounts of fresh foods frequently.
Some fresh vegetables and fruits don’t last long.
Buy small amounts more often to ensure you can eat the foods without throwing any away.
7. Always look at store-brand products – it’ll save you money.
Opt for store brands when possible.
You will get the same or similar product for a lower price.
8. Keep it simple.
Buy vegetables and fruits in their simplest form.
Pre-cut, pre-washed, ready-to-eat, and processed foods are convenient, but often cost much more than when purchased in their basic forms.
9. Plant your own. At least certain herbs could be grown at home.
Instead of buying a bag of herbs buy a plant and grow it!
If you have gardening space herbs, cucumbers, peppers, or tomatoes are good options to start with
Browse through books or online for more information on starting a garden
10. Plan and cook smart.
Prepare and freeze vegetable soups, stews, or other dishes in advance.
This saves time and money. Add leftover vegetables to casseroles or blend them to make soup.