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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Save Money Without Sacrificing Quality


3/6/2011 7:42:50 AM

Unfortunately it is difficult to save any money when choosing to eliminate processed foods, sweeteners, grains, dairy, etc. I prefer organic and that stuff is never on sale, grrr. The only way I do save a buck is by shopping for meat at a warehouse store and getting huge packs of meat at one time. I find it takes only around an hour to divide everything up and put it in the freezer. The time spent is worth the $1+ a pound I save. I wish eating healthier, aka no processed foods, was more economical. I am looking into buying into a "share" this coming year.
3/2/2011 4:31:33 PM

BRIDETOBE123's SparkPage
I really liked this article! Really good at having a "feel good" approach to cooking healthily on a budget. Thanks for sharing.
12/28/2010 8:33:10 AM

Very interesting article. So interesting, in fact, that I would like to share a portion of it with some non-Spark friends.

Is it ok if I extract a paragraph to repost elsewhere, as long as I give credit to SparkPeople and the article's author?
11/7/2010 2:20:25 AM

I love a freezer, pressure cooker, Costco, & buying in bulk, & I cook for just me. I don't think I could afford to eat healthfully otherwise. I have to watch sodium so many canned foods are out. I hate to cook, but if I can do it in batches & get it over with, I'm good. Great ideas!
9/27/2010 6:30:33 PM

CMFARRELL36's SparkPage
I should have said - those items in my first paragraphs are for shared facilities. 1 cooker, 1 or maybe 2 fridges, maybe 1 freezer etc - per 10 to 12 students.
And they are not allowed electrical cooking equipment in their rooms. So no personal kettle, toastie maker, whatever.
9/27/2010 6:28:03 PM

CMFARRELL36's SparkPage
I agree with all the things said, and it's all really good advice.
My one concern is that student here in the UK don't always have access to a safe fridge or freezer - or even cooker. Safe - I mean that they can go back to the fridge and still find their own yogurt that they left their 2 hours ago. Et cetera.
Halls of residence are now nearly all self-catering, but they provide only the very lowest of basic necessities - a fridge, a freezer, a cooker, a kettle - and some provide a toaster. Many don't even provide a microwave.
However, whatever cooking provisions are provided, the student still has to be able to store their food and their crockery/cutlery/ cookware whatever - plus washing-up stuff - and all without necessarily a kitchen locker that's big enough for the task, or a fridge with locker compartments.
Students can't spend time every day to shop for fresh produce or other fresh food items. And the lack of honesty, not to say downright theft, that happens is disgusting. It's no wonder that many of these young folk end up looking unhealthy by the end of their first year. The hall of residence has more than helped for this to happen.
If youngsters are to try to be healthy after they leave home for college or university - that intention really MUST be facilitated by the appropriate university department, to ensure that the students have sufficient and secure storage.
9/15/2010 1:32:32 PM

10TOES's SparkPage
Making a dinner menu for the month BEFORE you do your monthly shopping actually does save money. We do it and then make the grocery list off of exactly what is on there. We don't do a lunch or breakfast menu since dinner is always the biggest and generally most expensive. Grocery lists are money savers as well as long as you stick to the list!
4/14/2010 4:42:01 PM

I long for the day that we become a nation of people who value the quality of food versus the quantity!
This article is one good way to get people to start re-thinking how they value food.

I mainly shop the outer perimeter of the grocery stores and find it hard to remember to venture down the aisles to get items like toilet paper and laundry soap. Any one else with that problem?
4/14/2010 4:29:28 PM

MCMONKEY2's SparkPage
Don't forget to mention Quinoa, pronounced Keenwa. It is a whole grain that is similar to cous cous and is high in nutrients like protein, vitamins and minerals. A great substitute for white rice too.
4/14/2010 4:26:44 PM

Soup is a great budget stretcher. I use all my leftover vegetables/salad veggies too... and cook them in crock pot with lentils or chick peas and pureed canned tomatoes and a few bouillion cubes. Add some spice and there is soup. I freeze soup as well especially in the summer when produce is less $$.and have it later in the winter
4/14/2010 2:54:42 PM

I just bought a CrockPot, and it is fast becoming my best friend. I'm a leftovers person, love the convenience, but hubby's not. Then I found out that it's not that he isn't a leftovers person, it's that he's not a leftover-hunks-of-meat person. Now I make chilis, stews, and curries in the CrockPot and he's more than happy to munch on it. It's only two of us, but I can make dinner for three days and keep us happy. The only problem is when I make two good CrockPot dinners at once. Then he just chooses a favorite and eats all of it!
4/14/2010 12:52:33 PM

Personal I find that your suggestions might work for a family. However for a single person most of your suggessions are reasons I spend more money. Double the recipe and cook more, usually end up throwing it out cause it has been in the freezer to long or I am tried of eating the same thing for days. Bulk buying only works if you have the storage.Most singles only have the top of the fridge for a freezer. It is bad enough that is more expensive to by single serving of something. Family size and bulk does not help when you are on your own.
4/14/2010 11:13:01 AM

Personally, I prefer to meal plan by the month - it relieves a lot of stress. I try and shop just once a week and stick to the list. My family has favorites that I rotate in so we all are happy about our supper time. Sprouts is a great place to buy produce if it is available in your area. I also use a lot of spices when cooking, cumin is a family favorite as well as smoked paprika and italian seasoning.
3/31/2010 8:47:16 AM

WHEREIS170's SparkPage
I don't buy junk food or prepackaged products anymore. They are full of too many preservatives and salt. I have changed my grocery habits to getting only what will get me thru 5 days. I also have a standard list of spices I keep on hand to add flavor and better taste to simple receipies. My favorite one is "Smoked Paprika". It is great on everything. I use Thyme alot on pork and chicken. Yum
4/15/2009 12:59:27 PM

I only eat out about once a month, when I meet up with friends for dinner. I rarely buy takeaways, as they are high in cost, fat, salt & calories. I live on my own, so I tend to batch cook at the weekends, portion out the meals and freeze them for later on during the week, so that I don't end up eating the same thing 4 days in a row. I make 2 or 3 dishes to give myself a bit of variety, plus soup for lunch, which is low in cost & calories.

I always make a list before I go shopping and try not to impulse buy, as I don't like wasting food. I usually buy generic brands (or whatever is on offer - BOGOFs, 3 for 2, etc), although there are some items where I prefer a named brand. For those items, I buy them in bulk when they are on offer. I like to shop at Lidl, which is often a little cheaper than Tesco or Morrisons. I'm also Queen of the "Reduced for Quick Sale" aisle, and will buy meat, bread and veggies that can be frozen or will keep in the fridge for a few days until I can use them.

It isn't necessary to eat low quality meals just because you are on a budget. With a little careful planning and preparation you can eat healthily without breaking the bank.

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