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There is a common misconception that eating healthy is too costly. With preparation, discipline and a little bit of creativity, choosing healthier food options can actually save you money. Check out the following tips for eating healthy on a strict budget:

  • Create a budget for groceries.  Food can get expensive fast—figure out how much money you are willing to spend on groceries every week, or month.
  • Plan out your meals for the week.  Knowing what’s for dinner every night can keep you out of the drive-thru lines and on a consistent schedule.
  • Make a grocery list.  This helps you stay within your budget and avoid purchasing unnecessary products.
  • Look for coupons and sale items.  Before going to the store, look for any sales or valuable coupons that could save you money.
  • Eat a light snack before grocery shopping.  When you shop on an empty stomach, you are more likely to purchase excess food that can run up your grocery bill.
  • Use cash when buying groceries.  Paying your grocery budget in cash can help you be more conscious of what you’re spending.
  • Purchase fresh foods when possible.  Fresh ingredients are often cheaper, more filling and have greater health benefits than processed or canned foods.
  • Learn to love your leftovers.  When cooking dinner, always try to make extra servings that you can eat throughout the week. Eating leftovers can help stretch your food budget.