“Eating healthy is so expensive.”
This is hands down the number one comment I hear when the topic of healthy eating comes up. Personally, I have mixed feelings about this statement. Yes, eating healthy can be expensive, especially if you’re buying all organic foods, but eating healthy can also be extremely affordable (you can even stick to your budget!) if you know where you can cut corners to save money. A few tips and tricks also help!
Set a grocery budget (and stick to it).
In our house, we set a weekly grocery budget of $100, which typically includes:
+ Brussels sprouts
+ Zucchini squash
+ Baby portobello mushrooms
+ Mixed salad greens
+ Sweet potatoes
+ White potatoes
+ Brown rice
+ Empire apples
+ Eggs (8 dozen!)
+ Chicken breast (12ish lbs)
+ Ground turkey (3 lbs)
+ Almond butter
I bet I can guess what you’re thinking – there’s NO WAY you can get all of that food at the grocery store for $100 or less! If I did all of my grocery shopping at one store then yes, I would absolutely agree with you. This list at one store would likely cost a minimum of $150 each week, BUT I don’t do all of my shopping at one grocery store, which leads me into my second tip...
Shop around and don't discount the discount grocery stores.
If you haven’t checked out Aldi yet, stop what you’re doing, find your local store, and prepare to have your mind blown! Not only does Aldi have great prices on almost all of their goods (everything from produce, to packaged foods, to meat), but the quality of their products is just as good, if not better, than what you can buy at the bigger grocery chains. The bulk of our produce each week actually comes from Aldi because the quality at our local store is THAT good (and you can't beat .69 avocados!).
As the weather warms up (hello Spring!), a portion of our produce will also come from the Rochester Public Market because we not only love supporting local businesses, but we also try to eat local foods as much as possible. Plus, the public market here is an experience that you can't get shopping at your local grocery store (think live roosters and food trucks!).
It took me years to figure out a grocery budget that worked for our household that we could actually stick to, so don't give up if you haven't figured it out yet!