Many people are eating junk food because they are low on cash and think they cannot afford anything better. Unfortunately, this poverty mentality becomes a vicious cycle. When you eat junk, you tend to have less energy, which makes it harder to improve your situation, which leads you to buy more junk. The good news is that you don’t have to buy junk even if you are trying to watch your pennies. There are many ways you can save money while eating healthy foods.
Buy Non-Perishables in Bulk
Items such as nuts and seeds make healthier snacks than cookies and candy. You can save money on these items by buying them in bulk. They don’t go bad so if you buy large amounts, you can use them over a period of six months or more. This is far cheaper in the long run than buying small packages.
Get Fresh Produce at Your Local Farmers Market
If you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices, visit your local Farmers’ Market. You can usually get vegetables for up to 2/3 cheaper than you would if you shopped at a grocery store. If you don’t have a Farmers Market nearby, look for small, locally run grocery stores instead of shopping at chain stores. These stores may feature lower prices and higher quality foods.
Look For Manufacturers Coupons
One of the best ways to save money on healthy foods is to get coupons directly from the manufacturer. Look on the websites for you favorite brands. Often, you can get a coupon if you visit the site or sign up for the manufacturer’s mailing list. These coupons can add up to significant savings on your grocery bills.
Sometimes you can also find manufacturers coupons on products themselves. Some products have coupons right on them that you can peel off and use at the register. Other products have coupons that you can cut out when you are finished using the product and save for your next purchase.
Get Store Discount Cards
Most grocery stores have discount savings programs. In addition to buying healthy foods when they are on sale, look online for discounts. If you go to your store’s website, you can “load” electronic coupons onto your store card, which can translate into lots of savings.
Look For Manager’s Specials
Another way to save money on healthy foods is to look for items the store wants to sell quickly. Meat, yogurt and even some vegetables are often put on special towards the end of the week or as it gets close to the sell-by date. These items are perfectly good and can be frozen if you aren’t going to use them right away.
Avoid Frozen Foods
Many people think healthy food is too expensive because they are thinking of frozen vegetables or “diet” TV dinners. These types of foods are often far more expensive than fresh ingredients.
If you want to eat more healthily, try buying fresh vegetables and other ingredients and cooking them yourself. Although it takes more time to prepare food yourself, the food you eat will be healthier and will cost you less money.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to save money while buying healthy items. If you set your mind to it, you can find ways to be healthy on a budget.
Ron Thompson writes for Del-Immune V®, http://blog.delimmune.com/, a unique probiotic supplement made from the lactobacillus rhamnosus which is a natural immune system booster and offers how to treat sinusitis.
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