Vitamins-minerlas-veggiesMost people consider it common knowledge that healthy food is expensive and unhealthy food is cheap. But for most people it does not need to be this way. You may be able to save money.

How? In a nut shell, by cooking more at home. If you have properly set up your kitchen you will find it can actually take less time to cook a healthy meal than it does to place and fill your order at most fast food restaurants.

Every penny counts in this brutal economy. Here are a few tricks you can use to save a buck and get a little healthier too.

  1. Cook at home – The most important change to make to save money is to turn cooking at home into your default option rather than rely on neighborhood eateries as your go-to cop out.
  2. Shop Regularly – If you already have fresh food in the fridge you will be more motivated to cook for yourself instead of going out and spending money.
  3. Shop seasonally – When choosing what to eat, taste trumps health 90% of the time. If you really want to start eating healthy you must want to eat vegetables, and that will only happen if the ones you buy taste delicious. Seasonal, farm fresh produce can completely change how you feel about vegetables and fruits – it also tends to be the best deal in the produce section.
  4. Shop at the farmers market – Rather than handing over your whole paycheck or settling for less than inspiring options at a chain grocery store, do your weekly produce shopping at your local farmers market. If you shop intelligently (see below) you can get 2 meals for the cost of one burrito.
  5. Focus on leafy greens – Leafy greens like kale, chard, collards, spinach and broccoli are some of the most nutritious, least expensive things you can buy. It also takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. Can you beat that?
  6. 6.     Buy in bulk – Whenever you can buy in bulk you will save money so long as you can use it all before it spoils. You can buy REAL Salt in bulk comparatively for pennies on the dollar.
  7. Eat less meat – This is probably the easiest way to save money. Whether at the grocery store or at restaurants meat is always the most expensive thing on the menu. The diabetic alkaline diet avoids meat altogether for the first 6 months to a year. Even now, we eat meat sparingly.  Once on the transition diet, limiting meat to once or twice a week is an easy way to cut back on both calories (if that is an issue) and expenses.
  8. Think long term – I am not arguing that buying every single food item at the farmers market is the cheapest way to shop, but it is almost certainly the healthiest. Our hedonistic tendencies may incline us toward cheap, greasy foods but you should consider what you are really paying for in the long run. Poor diet can be attributed to most cases of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and a generally difficult, painful life. And I probably don’t need to convince you that a farm fresh salad costs less than a hospital trip and a lifetime of medication. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive, but unhealthy eating can cost you your life.

What are your favorite money saving tips for healthy eating?