Updated: Mar 1, 2019
When you are on a tight budget, meal planning and grocery shopping can be tough. When you have a tight budget and you’re dedicated to eating healthfully, it’s even trickier.
Here are 3 quick tips for eating healthy on a tight budget!
1. Look for sales, and plan meals accordingly.
If your local grocery store offers a savings card, be sure to sign up and check the weekly circular to see what’s on sale. Instead of shopping for groceries based on your weekly meal plan, consider planning your meals around what’s on sale.
If the store you usually shop at has a weekly circular my best piece of advice is to check it every week and plan your meals around what’s on sale. This has saved me so much money lately, It can also force you to get creative and maybe try some items or dishes you’ve never had.
If you do not like prep I strongly recommend watching for sales on frozen vegetables. Here we sometimes get 10 for $10 sales on frozen vegetables, so I always stock up on onions, bell peppers, carrots, and peas. Makes it super easy to make something healthy.
2. Plan and prep meals ahead of time.
Weather, it’s veggies for the week, or tomorrow’s breakfast, prepping food in advance is a step in the right direction towards eating healthfully. Plus, it’s also a good way to make sure you’re eating what’s in the fridge, to minimize waste.
I spend some time every Sunday planning my meals for the week. I don’t mind eating leftovers so I plan on eating the same thing several times. I try to at least get my lunches prepped on Sunday so I’m starting the week off right. Then I might make something to eat on Monday night for dinner and eat that several times throughout the week.
I can cook three meals on Sunday and package them up in portable containers and be set for lunch and dinner all week, with just one night of cooking. This only works if you don’t mind eating the same thing every day – and I’ve learned it’s important to stick with what you like to eat or temptations will be all over the place for you. But it’s great to save time and money!
3. Re-use leftovers.
If you don’t like eating the same meal over and over through out the week, then consider re using leftovers into an entirely new and delicious meal.
Last week, I made a garlicky mixed greens and bean soup with leftovers from a chicken dish I made. It made a really delicious soup that was simply made from re-using leftovers.