Eating Healthy...On a Budget
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03-26-2008, 08:23 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Buffalo NY
Most of the things you can do are pretty much common sense.
1. If your into fresh veggies, buy whats in season. Frozen is cheaper by far and to replace the lost nutrients get a multi-vitamin. at 10 to 15 per month its a very small amount of that saved over buying fresh veggies and it saves you time and money in preperation.
2. Fatty meats are less expensive per pound. What you trim off is offset by the savings per pound. not all fat is bad.... Talk to the Butcher behind the meat counter to help find a selection that will fit your desires and stay in you budget.
3. Try to do your shopping in one location unless multiple stores are convieniently located. It makes no sense to spend an extra hour of your time and a gallon of gas to save a a dollar or two going to multiple stores.
4. if your looking for organics be selective. A can of organic beans is much more expensive than in bulk. Buy natural over packaged where you can.
5. If you feel you MUSt buy organics for items such as fruit, prioritize. For instance, trying to avoid pesticides in non-organic fruits? buying org. strawberries will be healthier over the non-org but cheaper than organic bannanas.
6. Check around for a local community ag program. You might find a good local source for in season products at much lower prices. LocalHarvest.org
7. Use low-cost foods such as beans, lentils, rice and pasta as the foundation of your meals. Choose to eat meatless meals several times a week. You will still get adequate protein if you combine pastas, beans or rice with a variety of vegetables. Eggs are another low cost source of protein.
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