5 Ways to Save Money by Eating Healthy
As a health and wellness coach and personal trainer, I often hear people saying that it’s “too expensive to eat healthy.” After researching what they spend money on for a month, they discovered several things that can be adjusted to make healthy eating more affordable.
Support local farmer’s markets. Not only do local farmer’s markets have a variety of fresh produce, but they also tend to be less expensive. Buying fresh fruits and vegetables at a farmer’s market is a great way to save money on healthy eating (often, the food is organic and pesticide-free) as well as support local farmers in your area.
Buy food in bulk. Another way to reduce expenses is to buy food in bulk. Usually purchasing food in bulk can be less expensive because there is less packaging cost. You can easily freeze items that you won’t be eating soon, or you can make frozen fruit popsicles, frozen yogurt, or smoothies from frozen fruit or vegetables.
Eat at home. You can save a lot of money and eat healthier by eating home instead of making regular visits to restaurants. Studies show that children who eat home with family at least once a week do better in school and are at less risk for substance abuse. Families also choose healthier foods when they prepare them. If you do eat out, you can save money by using coupons, choosing the days that kids eat free at certain restaurants, and getting a to-go box to make two or three meals out of one.
Plan ahead. Planning your meals ahead of time can save money. By doing this, you can reduce the number of times you eat out and you are less likely to be tempted by poor food choices during the day when you may be snacking. Studies also show that families who eat at home make healthier food choices. So, pick a time that you can shop for meals for the week. Kids who are involved in meal planning are more likely to eat the food, reducing the chance of picky eating.
Reduce medical costs. A hidden cost that can be reduced when you eat healthy is medical costs, including visits to the doctor, medications and higher insurance costs. Think of all the money you can save when you incorporate healthy eating into your budget. Not only do you feel better, but you also save lots of money by reducing your need for medications, which often have side effects. Many of my clients actually got off their medications just by incorporating regular exercise and healthy eating into their routine.
Cindy Saleeby Goulding, MS, LPC, NCC, CPT
Author of Healthy Weight: It’s a Family Affair