I get asked all the time for tips on how to feed a family healthy within a budget. It’s probably one of my most frequently asked questions! It can feel overwhelming and for some people, almost impossible to feed a whole family healthy on a budget. Especially if that budget has no wiggle room or is fairly tight.
There are several ways you can save money on groceries, but we do prioritize our food budget over anything else. However, I understand that some families simply cannot o that, so I am going to divide these tips into two categories: the first are tips I personally use for my own family, and the second are tips I suggest to people who really want to find a way to make clean eating fit within their current budget. This is great for anyone who is switching to eating clean and organic.
1. MEAL PLAN & USE INGREDIENTS YOU ALREADY HAVE ON HAND
This will also help you waste less food, which is something I love as I hate food waste! Every week when I meal plan and prep, I am sure to use the items we already have. Especially produce, so it doesn’t go bad. If there is ever something I know I am not going to use, I will cook and freeze it for another time, or to use for smoothies.
2. PURCHASE DRIED BEANS
Buying organic dry beans is so much cheaper (and healthier!) than canned or boxed. This way you can also sprout or soak them, making them easier to digest. You can even find organic beans and lentils in bulk!
3. BUY PRODUCE IN SEASON- OR FROZEN
I stick to what is in season almost always. That means I don’t typically buy fresh berries in the winter, so I opt to buy them frozen!
4. BUY IN BULK
Buying organic goods in bulk is a huge money saver! I also do a large portion of my shopping at Costco because they have great prices on bulk organic items and produce.
5. Make a list
Don’t head to the store without a plan! That can lead to you buying things you don’t actually need, or forgetting items an having to make extra small trips to the store, which will often mean you go outside of your budget.
6. Set a budget and stick to it
Figure out what kind of budget works for your family. I always hear people talking about how much they spend a month, but I suggest setting a weekly grocery budget. I find it easier and more realistic.
7. Make some things yourself
If you have the time, making some things homemade can safe a lot of money. Plus, homemade anything is way yummier than store bought, right?!
8. Shop once a week
Shopping and budgeting for one week at a time is a system that works great for me, and I highly suggest it!
1. Cut back on packaged goods
you can buy a lot of that stuff in bulk, too.
2. Don’t shop hungry
I will be honest and say I do this WAY too often and end up leaving with packaged bars or things like that.
3. Use the dirty dozen list, if you need to
The dirty dozen is great for people just switching to organic, or for people who can’t afford to shop 100% organic, because let’s face it, it’s expensive af.
4. Buy items that are on sale, and plan a few meals around that
If you planned to eat brussels sprouts, but get to the store and see the broccoli is a better price, switch to the cheaper priced veggie. Things like that.
5. Track as you go
Keep track of your spending as you shop so you keep yourself accountable on where you are at! I have seen people tracking on a notepad as they go, which I think is a great idea!
I would love to hear what your tips for eating healthy on a budget are. What things do you do that works for you and your family? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram!