Save your money and be healthy! Is it possible you say? My pockets bleed dust and I am proud to say that I have gotten pretty good at budget friendly eating regardless of my funds.
Be realistic with your budget. Being healthy does not mean dropping a thousand dollars at Whole Foods for the month because that is not realistic.
Do not spend extra money unless you've got it like that on all organic products. Personally I go half and half between Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
Whole Foods is a great store but I'm still hungry after shopping there and spending $150 a week. I literally want to cry myself to sleep every night after the meager portions that amount of money can get me. However, if you got it like that then by allll means shop away! If you're like me and your bank account is just ooo-so-regular then please keep in mind that's ok.
I think that eating healthy in today's world is something where you have to do advanced planning because if you are hungry and on the road then fast food company's are just waiting to sabotage your diet and your wallet. If you want to waste all of your money eating what you want then stop reading. Save five minutes of your life and go eat that fast food right now with NO guilt.
If you do want some budget advice then say no more:
There are a lot of great places to be healthy and budget friendly. Start hunting and start using the internet to look for local stores. Compare prices. I bought organic coconut oil that was much cheaper at Trader Joe's than at Whole Foods. It was the same jar. That's just one example. I am not paid to mention these stores. I have just shopped there in the past. These days I have NO store loyalty. I go where my health, and budget are appreciated.
Don't take the bait. Many food companies have great sales. It seems so amazing. Wow. Mac and cheese buy one get one free would mean I'm eating mac and cheese for the next year. Yes it's cheap but it's not exactly the heatlthiest choice. I am aware that mac and cheese can be made in a healthy way. The ones that are made with all natural ingredients are usually not the ones that go on sale though.Think before you clear the shelves looking for a budget. I mean it. I have been known to select a cheaper sauce because it's a dollar less. What will I do with that extra dollar? Have an extra dollar for tomorrow. Budgets are important.
Stick with a budget you can live with and don't be side tracked by some marketing routine. Sales can throw all your good intentions out of the window. These are not outfits that can hang out in your closet until the end of time. This is food that can cling to the core of your soul. Remember food expires and stocking up on it for a rainy day if you are single or have a small family is not a good plan.
Preparing for the end of the world in your basement should not be the goal when looking at great sales. They had me hook line and sinker at my local grocery store. I was couponing and double coupon using like nobody's business. What happens with the food? I couldn't eat it fast enough and it usually goes to waste. Also, many deals aren't always healthy and can sabotage weight management goals.
What do I hope you take away from this article?
Don't buy food just because it's healthy even though you can't afford it
Don't buy food just because it's cheap and not healthy and you can afford it
Do keep your eyes open and be a smart shopper
Sign up for emails from store websites and scan for deals before setting foot in their store
Happy Bargain Hunting!