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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Save Money Without Sacrificing Quality

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JFAIRLEY4
11/24/2014 11:47:59 PM

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These articles have got absolute sense devoid of confusing the readers.
11/18/2014 7:26:22 PM

FANCYQTR's SparkPage
All these articles say to eat rice. Now it has been shown that rice has dangerous amounts of arsenic in it. If you have rice it says to boil it in 6 parts water to 1 part rice and then drain all the water off. It's pretty bad when it is always recommended for people who have a very limited budget to eat things that are not healthy.
6/7/2014 2:36:37 PM

MCVEEGIRL's SparkPage
My tip is to be flexible and alway always check prices! I will eat most anything. My favorite grocery store has some of the best deals on produce if you can luck into them. I can get produce dirt cheap by looking at the prices and I check every time! (today scored brussel sprouts 40 cents/lbs, green onion for a quarter and organic leafy greens for 99 cents, usually costs three or four times as much!). I also bought 2lbs boxes of chicken breast for $1.99 because they were discontinued (usually $12). I have a place where meat is always cheap. I only buy yogurt if it's half off and/or have coupons to make it cheaper.

I also like to make soup a lot by using up my veggies that are starting to get to end of life. it is always an interesting concoction but cram packed with nutrition. I like to add a pouch of Knorr tomato vegetable soup as a base but a big pot makes about 10 servings so it goes a long way.

I don't eat canned food at all. I buy tomato soup for the kids and jarred pasta sauce and that's it. Beans are cheaper dried and don't take long to cook if soaked properly. I do buy big bags of frozen veggies as they are often on sale.
12/20/2013 8:21:50 AM

SWEETTOOTH10's SparkPage
I can't vote for any ONE of these choices, because use ALL of them, And coupons. Utilizing leftovers, and stretching them into other meals helps. It takes a little research into recipes and tweaking them to suit your needs and tastes, and make them seem new, but to me that's the fun part. I think utilizing a well stocked pantry and freezer can benefit ANY sized family.
10/16/2013 9:14:43 AM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
I agree with NTAR2200
LIVERBIRD008
5/28/2013 9:09:44 AM

I find that shopping late evening in supermarkets you can get food thats greatly marked down in price. Thats in England anyhow. I have sometimes stood over the staff whilst they price stuff down then get it if I want it! Mainly, where veg is concerned, I buy stuff in season then freeze it before its out, so that through winter months I can still have choices of veg. ��!
5/2/2013 12:47:57 PM

DEPSERV's SparkPage
When making stocks and other things that have long cooking times I've wondered how much the cost of gas or electricity might add to the cost of the meal. Anyone have any insight into this?
5/2/2013 1:13:38 AM

SPARKFRAN514's SparkPage
don't think batch cooking works well for one person you get tired of it before you eat it all and it often get lost in the freezer. buying in large amounts is not a good plan this would work for a family I am sure.
SOLEIL_JAIE
5/1/2013 7:45:19 PM

What they do not address here is how to eat healthy on a budget when you have different food allergies in your house. Trying to eat dairy-free, with one person needing a high-fiber diet (more raw veggies), and another needing a much lower-fiber (more cooked/processed veggies, less beans) makes it very hard. Grocery stores have figured out that it is very hard to make soy milk or rice milk, and adjust prices accordingly, even when bought in bulk. And when you make almost all of your own food, you have to have that stuff, even if you water it down with milk. This article did not give me any new information or ideas. I was very disappointed.
BAMAJAM
5/1/2013 1:01:54 PM

The dry mixes, hamburger/chicken helper--- though not healthy, can be stretched by adding additonal plain pasta or plain rice. This at least dilutes the sodium, and for me, I like the taste better this way. I also dilute the sodium of canned soups by adding an "extra" can of sodium free broth. You can toss in extra ingredients (added chicken, vegies, pasta) and make it hearty soup.
5/1/2013 12:02:31 PM

BRITTTURTLE's SparkPage
A huge money saver that isn't listed is to limit your meat intake! It's so simple. Just cut down 1 meal per week, you will be saving money, helping the environment AND saving hundreds of animals per year!
5/1/2013 8:47:02 AM

KATHYSMITH142's SparkPage
We buy fruit when it is at it's cheapest and in bulk and rather than let the strawberries and blueberries go bad we freeze them.
5/1/2013 8:45:20 AM

KATHYSMITH142's SparkPage
Most canned soups have way too much sodium. Not really a good option, cheap or not.
QUIPSTRAVAILS
1/5/2013 3:34:36 PM

The easiest way to eat healthy on a budget is a well-stocked pantry. Keep dried lentils (they cook quickly and don't require soaking) cans of beans, canned fish (especially sardines) and vegetables in your cupboard at all times. If you can add whole grains like oatmeal and brown or converted rice, that's even better.

I have a lentil soup recipe that can be made entirely from pantry ingredients, and takes only 10 minutes to make: http://www.chicagonow.com/quips-travails-b
raised-oxtails/2013/01/the-food-desert
-project-potage-esau-red-lentil-soup/
FOODIEONABUDGET
11/11/2012 3:53:51 PM

I really agree with the list of cheap and quick meal types, like soup and pastas. I use those all the time. I found that the hardest part of eating healthy on a budget was taking the time to plan meals and find recipes. That's why when my husband got laid off, I decided to start sharing our weekly menus and recipes on my blog. It takes the hard planning out of the equation. http://afoodieonabudget.blogspot.com/

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