Shopping on a Budget
How to Buy Healthy Foods on a Budget
Walking into any grocery store can be intimidating sometimes, especially when you are trying to eat a little healthier. Buying fruits and veggies can also be intimidating, this true after seeing some of the prices. There is no denying that eating healthy can be expensive sometimes. So, in honor of the month of July being Farm Fresh Month, I am going to share some of my favorite tips to eating healthy on a budget!
Shop in season! Shopping in season is the first way to start saving money. By shopping in season, you are buying produce that is abundant. It is at peak freshness and ripeness because certain fruits and veggies grow at different times of the year. When something is in season (and is abundant) the price for it is low, because the supply for it is greater than the consumer demand. Right now, strawberries, watermelon, asparagus, broccoli, chard, and cherries are all in season. To see what is in season in your area, check out the Seasonal Food Guide.
Use the weekly flyer! On a weekly basis, most grocery stores have a flyer that advertises all items that are on sale for that week. By checking out the flyer before your shopping, you are able to see all of the deals that you might have missed if you hadn’t checked the flyer. Pro tip, flyers can be found online or at the front of the store!
Buy in bulk! Buying staples such as rice, oats, wheat, nuts, and beans are always great to buy in bulk. When you buy in bulk, you save a lot of money, and you always have a supply of it in case you need it for all your cooking endeavours.
Consider frozen and canned! There is no shame in buying frozen and canned fruits or veggies. As long as there are no added sugars or salt, frozen and canned produce still pack nutrients and fiber. This is also a great option if you live in a cooler climate, or are trying to save money.
Next time you go to the store, remember these tips to save money when buying healthier foods! What are your favorite ways to save money when buying healthy foods? Email us at Healthy.UNH@unh.edu.