There are a lot of us that would like to reduce how much we are spending on groceries but want to make sure that we still have a healthy diet. It can be easy to think that in order to be healthy you need to spend a lot of money. However, there are ways that you can spend less money and remain healthy and it is worth considering them.
Stop eating out and getting take away and pre made food
It is much more expensive to buy food if it has been cooked for you. However, a lot of us will regularly eat out, get take away food and pre made food which is expensive. You can save a lot of money just by making your own salad or sandwich to take to work, making coffee in your house rather than buying it out and cooking your own meals rather than eating out. Obviously, it is not so convenient and many of us feel that we do not have the time to make things from scratch. However, it is not so much about finding the time but prioritising our time and deciding hat is important to us. It is good to think about what you do in your spare time and whether you could use some of that time to cook meals. We might spend a lot of time looking at social media, watching the news etc when it might be a much more positive thing to do, to do some healthy cooking and not look at these negative influences in our lives.
Cut out buying snacks, sugary foods and puddings
These sorts of foods can be so tempting. We may even have been made to believe by marketing gurus that sugar is a necessary nutrient (it isn’t) or that snacking is healthy (it isn’t). Think about the foods you are buying and whether you can cut out any of the unhealthy ones. Not only these specific foods but other unhealthy items like alcohol, fruit juice and squash, low fat items, white processed grains and pastries and other items. Manufacturers are clever at labelling things as healthy when they really are not so beware of buying items that you think are healthy but are not.
Ignore trendy ‘health’ foods
There are some foods that become trendy health foods and these can be massively overpriced. For example, there was a trend in buying goji berries, mulberries and blueberries because they were seen to be nutrient dense. In fact, blackberries has loads of nutrients in and so picking those for yourself from a bush in your garden or the countryside will be as healthy and free. Anything processed labelled as a health food is likely to be very expensive and is probably not as healthy as we are being led to believe.
Buy lots of seasonal fruit and veg
Fruit and veg are packed with nutrients and if we can buy them when they are in season they should be cheaper. So, think about what is in season or look it up and try to buy things that way. You should find that because those items are plentiful, it means that they are not so expensive and you should be able to get them for a low price.
It can take quite an effort to make all of these changes but you do not have to do them all or do them all at once. However, a slow transition into different habits will mean that you can slowly adapt and hopefully slowly start to save more and more money until you are able to make a significant saving. It could also lead to you being even healthier than you are at the moment which can only be a good thing.