Shopping on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy foods. Try these ideas for better-for-you options that save money, too.
1 SHOP THE SEASON
Buy fruit and vegetables in season. They’re at their peak nutritionally and also cheap. Freeze excess vegetables yourself (look online for how-to information), just don’t forget to use them otherwise you’re not saving anything!
2 BEAN THERE
Dried and canned beans and legumes are great sources of protein and can be used to bulk up dishes such as chilli con carne and bolognese. They’re also good for you (see p28 for more)! Add a dinner based on them to your weekly repertoire and your wallet and waistline will thank you!
3 GOLD STAR
Try to limit prepared meals and snacks. They’re often loaded with added salt and sugar, and cost more because of the convenience. If you do buy these products, check out their Health Star Rating so you make the better choice.
4 PAY PER YOU
Generally you pay more for convenience – don’t buy bagged salad greens or pre-cut vegies. You usually have to invest a bit of time to save dollars, but you’ll notice the difference in your bank account! Make your own muesli, tomato pasta sauces and even dips and crackers when you’re having people over. Plus, when you make it yourself, you can reduce the amount of sugar, salt and fat compared to bought items.
5 SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Spices add flavour without adding cost or nutritional nasties. If you can head to an Indian grocer or a bulk-buy store, you can find them at a fraction of the price. Indian and Mexican cuisines use them liberally and you can make your own mixes instead of pre-bought ones that are usually loaded with sodium. Both cuisines use inexpensive rice and beans to bulk out meals, too.Shopping on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy foods. Try these ideas for better-for-you options that save money, too.