Healthy foods, Healthy Costs

United States
January 4, 2011 4:59pm CST
I want to eeat healthier, but it seems to cost so much. Does anyone have a any suggestions for how to eat healthier at smart prices?
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• United States
6 Jan 11
I noticed that too when I first started eating healthier. I do a couple of things since i have a very limited budget. I am alone so you may have to change some of what I do to adapt it to more people. For one since I was eating fresher stuff I was wasting a lot. Now I only buy a small amount of one or two fresh items. Then I use it all up before i get something else. So each week I am getting whatever has the best price. I found that buying a larger bag of broccoli is cheaper and lasts longer with less waste than buying fresh. I purchase items in bulk when I can and I buy stuff that will keep when it's on sale. Stuff like whole wheat pasta or tuna.
• Belgium
5 Jan 11
Healthy doesn't mean it has to be expensive. Just buy vegetables and cook for yourself. I think it's a lot cheaper than buying a pizza. Or any fast food out there.
@fgb_fritz (278)
• Philippines
5 Jan 11
i think if you want a healthier and a cheaper food you should cook in your own, because you know it and you dont have any apprehension of how it was cook clean
@peavey (16876)
• United States
5 Jan 11
I agree with the others... buy on sale, buy in bulk and cook from scratch. But also, be careful about wasting food. It's surprising how much the average household throws out that's edible. When you buy radishes, buy them with the leaves still on them. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked for a "green." Keep all vegetable scraps and cook them together for a richly nutritious broth. Freeze things that you can't use up before they go bad, cook only what's needed for a meal or cook with the intent of eating the same thing for several meals. Also, not everything that's healthy is expensive. Beans, dried peas and grains are healthier choices than meat and preprocessed grains like white flour. Choose whole grains and you'll fill up faster and need less food.
• United States
5 Jan 11
Watch the store fliers more often especially during the time of shopping. Eating healthy does not mean spending exuberantly. Along with healthy eating, a plan of healthy choices and prices also fall together. Not everything labeled healthy is necessarily healthy so begin reading labels and researching the net for better choices.
@wdiong (1817)
• Singapore
5 Jan 11
For me,if I know I use an item regularly (beans, pasta, etc.), I will normally wait for sales and buy as much as I can reasonably store. These items include canned baked beans,tuna, salmon as my kids love them. I also try to cook more at home as it is infinitely cheaper and healthier than eating out.
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
4 Jan 11
You can simply learn to select the right foods. For starters, see Think Healthy! - http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2764556/think_healthy.html?cat=5
• United States
4 Jan 11
Hey there. My husband and I are vegans, but we're also very frugal. We like to buy the most basic items and prepare things from scratch (produce and frozen items, never processed foods, etc.). We'll buy some portobello mushrooms, for example, and grill them for sandwiches. Altogether you're talking about maybe a dollar to two dollars for a nice, filling, and super delicious sandwich. Buy things in bulk, like the poster above mentioned. I'd also highly suggest clipping coupons and using any sort of store saving program (loyalty programs, etc.) to get the most of your shopping trip. At some dollar stores you can get staple items (such as frozen veggies, potatoes, and jarred goods) for...well, a dollar. Pasta is also a very healthy item that you can usually get for pretty cheap. My husband and I never buy anything that is a name brand, and we have sacrificed nothing for this smart move. If you like to cook (or even if you don't), look at some recipes and get some ideas for putting together some foods quickly and cheaply. If you are into buying organic foods, I'd highly suggest looking up what foods are worth buying organic. Some foods simply aren't affected by pesticides and such (bananas, for example, since you never eat the peel), and you can save a fortune by putting your mind at rest and buying these foods for cheaper. Good luck.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Buy from bulk stores and when expensive items are on sale in retail grocery stores, buy larger quantities. Home cooked meals are always healthier than eating out. Prepare health smart recipes and snacks.