Healthy Eating on a Tight Budget

Many of us believe that you can’t eat healthy on a tight budget. We have been conditioned to believe that you need to have lots of money, to eat healthy. Thus, we keep on pumping ourselves full of junk food, under the false impression that we can’t afford healthy food. And so we end up suffering the consequences of eating the junk food on a long term basis – yet we could have done better.

It is, of course, true that healthy food tends to be costlier than junk food. But that doesn’t mean that it is totally impossible to eat healthy on a tight budget.  On the contrary, there are strategies we can use, to be in a position to afford healthy food, our tight budgets notwithstanding. Those include:

  1. Buying the healthy food in bulk: if you buy healthy food in bulk, it is possible to get bulk discounts. You may actually be in a position to buy the healthy food at ‘wholesale prices’, if you buy in bulk. You can then keep the food in your fridge, and have it take you for, say, a week. This way, you get to save considerable sums of money.
  2. Buying the healthy food that is in season: the foods that are in season tend to cost much less than the foods that are out of season. Thus, by mainly focusing on the foods that are in season, you end up saving considerable sums of money. Through this approach, you may actually end up eating healthy for less money than it would have taken you to eat junk food.
  3. Shopping (for the healthy food)at the right places: if, for instance, you opt to be shopping at farmers markets, you can end up saving money, and being in a position to eat healthy on a tight budget. You can spend (some of) your free time shopping at the farmers markets. If, for instance, you are a Walmart associate, you can visit the Walmart one portal, to check your schedule, and to see when you would have enough time to visit a farmer’s market. So you just log into the Walmart one portal, then peruse through your work schedule, to see if there is an entire day when you are supposed to be off-duty. That, then, is the time you use to shop for foodstuffs (to last you for, say, one week) at a farmer’s market.

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