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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Guest Post by Kristi at Spend Less and Save More

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution & the movie, Food Inc., have really inspired me to break away from feeding my family processed foods. We have always eaten pretty healthy (lots of fresh fruit & veggies), but I have to tell you that it is hard to pass up those Betty Crocker boxed potatoes when you can get them for FREE with coupons!

I am slowly learning that eating healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are several ways to save money on fresh fruit & veggies:

*Plant a garden~ Did you know tomatoes at Super Target are nearly $3.49/lb? You can buy at least one tomato plant for that price & have tomatoes all summer long!

*Buy frozen veggies instead of fresh or canned. Frozen veggies are just as, if not more, nutritious as the fresh vegetables you find on your store shelves. Most are picked & frozen the same day which means that they are better for you than those that have been sitting in the back of a truck for 3 days on their way to your grocery store! The other benefit is that there are always a ton of coupons for frozen veggies making them a super bargain!

*Shop for fresh fruits & veggies at a local farmers market. The fruit & vegetables are usually at its optimal freshness and you can often bargain with the sellers to get a great deal.

*Look for farmers that allow you to pick your own fruit or veggies for a set price. Stock up on them & freeze them yourself for later!

Can’t do any of the above? There are still some tips I can give you. Shop at discount grocery stores like Aldi’s . Aldi’s usually has the lowest price for fruits and veggies. Don’t have an Aldi’s? Most grocery stores have a section in their store where they put marked down fruit or veggies that have imperfections (bruises or dents). Find out where they are located in your store & you will score on some awesome healthy foods for about half the regular retail price!

Kristi is a mom of 2 that  has learned how to spend less & save more.  You can follow her money saving blog HERE.  Thanks Kristi!

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