5 Tips for Spending Less to Eat Healthy
By ShannonBuck on May 23, 2011
It can be difficult to serve healthy meals when you have only a small food budget, especially when you are feeding other family members as well. Food costs continue to rise, even when income levels do not. This means that many people are bringing home less food than they used to while spending the same amount of money.
To make up for this, home cooks may be purchasing less than ideal foods. They may have purchased many varieties of fresh produce in the past, only to have to begin buying less healthy foods because they are more affordable.
There are ways to combat the rising food costs, that will allow you to continue to eat healthy produce.
Grow your own herbs on a windowsill. Use organic seeds that are not genetically modified, such as those from HeirloomSeeds.com, as well as organic soil. Compost is a good option. This will save a lot of money.
Plant a fruit and vegetable garden using the same guidelines as in number 1. It does not take a great deal of time to keep up with a garden once planted. If you do not have much space, consider a patio or window garden. Containers can be used as well. You will be able to grow plenty of produce for only a few dollars a year.
Learn to preserve food by canning, drying and freezing. Canning jars are often available at yard sales for next to nothing. Keep the old lids to use when storing dried herbs in jars, but always purchase new ones for processing.
Freeze leftovers, even if that equates to only a small amount of food each day. It all adds up. These leftovers will later be used in casseroles and soups.
Consider eating less meat. When you do buy meat, pick up cheap cuts. Slow cook these with root vegetables for a delicious dinner.
Saving money of food does not mean that you have to eat unhealthy meals every day. You can use a number of tactics to save money throughout the year, and still offer your family nutritious meals that they will enjoy.
Shannon L. Buck, Freelance Writer
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