One of the biggest objections to eating a real food diet is the expense. We understand. The prices of some organic and grass fed food can be overwhelming (which is why we recommend authentic sources for things like grass fed beef, butter, coconut oil, and spices whose prices are reasonable and in proportion to the quality). But please, we beg you, do not let the budget be the reason you refrain from nourishing your body and your family with the most nutritious foods. In the long run, paying a little extra for real food will actually save you money. Think about it, if you make your health a priority and seek to foster it, you’ll be visiting the doctor less, you won’t have as many prescriptions, and you won’t eat out as much. So not only is eating healthy on a budget possible, it’s worth it to make the extra effort to plan ahead and plan to save.
This list provides 40 ways to eat healthy on a budget. By employing these tips, you will find buying better food less overwhelming and much more possible. Your health is worth it!
“Are you a smart, savvy shopper?
Sure, good quality, nutrient-rich whole foods, organic foods, pastured eggs, and grass-fed meats often cost more than the fast-food dollar menu. But that isn’t exactly real food anyway.
Investing in high nutrient-quality foods is an investment in your health. You can pay now, or pay later with hidden costs associated with a poor diet, including medical expenses, time spent in doctor’s offices, missed work, and a shorter life.
Below are 40 way to save some green while eating green! 😉
- Buy from the bulk bins. Prices can be lower and you have the luxury if buying only what you’ll use.
- Drink filtered tap water. (Berkey water filters are highly recommended.) Use re-useable water bottles. Drinks bought in cans or bottles are extremely expensive per ounce.
- Shop at your local Farmers Market. Support your local farmers. (Find one in your area.)
- Utilize a local Co-Op or CSA. They often have wholesale prices.
- Grow a garden in your yard or community. Make it a family project.
- Stock up on sale items. Utilize the store circulars.
- Aldi stores are now carrying organic items. They have great low prices.
- Plan carefully to avoid food spoilage or waste.
- Have a rule for mealtime: Only put on your plate what you will eat. Second helpings are better than throwing out uneaten food.
- Bring leftovers for lunch. This can save lots of money!
- Only drink alcohol on special occasions.
- Pack your own meals when travelling.
- Buy a CowShare. Get 1/8 to a whole grass-fed cow. You will get a variety of different cuts. Store in your freezer. The price per pound can be significantly less.
- Learn to love liver. It is rather inexpensive and very, very rich in nutrients (from healthy animals).
- Bring home doggie bags from restaurants. Have a second meal tomorrow.”