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How To Eat Healthy For Less Money

July 22, 2013
by Tami Crea at

Sometimes it seems impossible to stick to your diet when money gets tight.
However, not only are there tricks that can help to stretch the dollars further, but you may find that by buying (and eating) healthy food, you may actually SAVE money. Here's how!

Shop Alone

When you go solo to the grocery store, you can tap into your inner resolution. Children and spouses who are not trying to change their diet, are frequently strong influences in the junk food aisle. On your own, you will buy what is on your list (and you DO shop with a list, right?). Then you only have to listening to the whining when you get home.

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Skip the Soda Aisle

Of course, you can still indulge on special occasions, but it's best not to have empty calories taking up shelf space. Here's one area in particular that may help to balance your budget. Water, green tea (especially made from tea that you brew yourself), homemade lemonade (water, lemon juice and a natural sweetener such as Stevia) are all great alternatives to soda and sugar laden juice.

Shop in Season

Many fruits, especially berries, will freeze exceptionally well. Shop co-ops, outdoor markets and farm stands. Look for the freshest produce you can find and buy in bulk. Be sure not to let it spoil. Freeze fruit in individual pieces and you will always have a great addition for any protein shake.

Purchase Protein

Lean meat may cost a bit more than the cuts that are well-marbled, but under any healthy diet you will find that you are not consuming as much. Plus, a superior cut of good meat will provide so much more flavor that you won't feel deprived.

Subsitute Beans

Beans are a wonderful source of inexpensive protein. USDA guidelines recommend adding beans to your diet at least 4 times per week. You really can't find a better sources of solid protein and fiber. If you experience gastric distress with eating beans, try a simple trick. Wash the beans well, put them in a pot, cover them with water and bring to boil. Then drain and cook as usual. This may provide a great deal of relief.

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Other Great Protein Sources

Local fish products, nut butters, and raw nuts plus tofu can all be great budget stretchers along with a great boost to your healthy diet. Again, sourcing as fresh as possible and cooking in a natural way will provide flavorful additions to your healthy diet.

Stay Away From the Junk

Try not to buy anything that is prepackaged. Not only will you give yourself a tremendous health boost you will find your wallet getting fatter while you get slimmer!

Do you have a cost-saving trick? let me know in the comment section below and I'll share it with all my readers.

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