I get a lot of comments about how it is harder to eat healthy if you're on a budget.
Yesterday I went shopping and spent $12.92 on my groceries for the week. In addition to shopping deals, I also plan to start couponing again. I'm not a coupon whiz like some, but I do get really good deals sometimes by combining in store deals with coupons. I plan on doing a Youtube video showing on how I shop on a weekly basis and how I never spend more than twenty to thirty dollars. It may lean toward the thirty, depending on HOW much I need to get, but it rarely does. (Mind you, I'm only speaking about GROCERIES, not diapers and other household needs.)
Tip #1: Shop Local, Smaller Chain Grocery Stores
These smaller chains usually have incentives for you to continue to shop with them, like money toward gas etc,. They also have weekly deals, which coupled with coupons can save you a ton of money. They are also often better at accomodating your wishes. I have also found that they have started carrying a lot more organic produce, since it is increasingly in higher demand.
Tip #2: Shop the Deals
Every week there are deals in most stores. And poduce and grains are a lot cheaper. Rarely are there coupons for fresh fruit and veggies, so it's good to be able to shop deals there. If you shop these deals, you could also stock up on produce and freeze it if you like, or just eat what's on special that week.
Tip #3: Plan Ahead
Write a list and stick to it. If you plan ahead, go online or get the store's coupon book ahead of time. Then, you're better prepared when you go to the store. This way, you can stay loyal to your list and avoid overspending. You'll already have a better idea of how much you will spend that day.
Tip #4: Shop the Perimeter
The healthier (non-processed) foods are found on the outer limits of the store. If you stay on the outter isles, then you won't be tempted to buy snacks and processed foods on the inside aisles of the store. Of course sometimes we need to buy dried beans and peas. And it's okay to do so. But as a general rule, it's best to stay on that outer perimeter.
These are just a few tips that have helped me shop healthy over the years, and I hope they help you too.