With the economy struggling and food prices rising, your family’s grocery bill might be in need of a few budget cuts. Many believe healthy foods cost more, so they bump nutritious foods like fresh produce from their grocery lists. However, low cost doesn’t have to mean low quality. In fact, some of the most inexpensive things you can buy are the best things for you. Luckily there are plenty of ways to save money without sacrificing the quality of your diet. Listed below are some healthy and inexpensive grocery purchases you can make.
Eggs are another low-cost, high-quality protein source. When stored properly in the fridge, raw eggs last about three weeks in the shell, so stock up when they’re on sale. Also, consider buying one of the trays of 18 or two dozen that is available in some grocery and club stores to save a few more pennies.
An easy protein and calcium rich snack or breakfast option is fat-free yogurt. Consider buying the 32-ounce tubs instead of the pricier individual cartons. Sure, the portable containers are convenient, but you will save quite a bit of money by getting the larger tubs and serving yourself. Try getting plain yogurt and flavoring it yourself with granola and fresh fruits. This way, you’re also in control of the added ingredients, sugars and total calories in your breakfast or snack.
Fresh fruit is relatively affordable. Bananas are a particularly good choice if you are trying to save money. Select green, relatively unripe bananas at the store, so they last all week. Don’t worry about them going to waste either; if they start to turn, toss them into a plastic storage bag and freeze for later. Apples and oranges are also a good choice as they are inexpensive and stay fresh longer than most fruits.
Bagged frozen vegetables are one of the greatest values in the grocery store. And because mixed-vegetable blends contain up to seven different vegetables in one container, they are an incredibly easy and cost efficient way to incorporate a colorful variety of healthy produce into your diet. You’d spend significantly more if you bought all those veggies individually in their fresh form and would be much more likely to have the extras go to waste. Frozen vegetables are picked at their peak and flash-frozen, locking in all their healthful nutrients. This makes them cheaper than and just as nutritious as fresh, as long as you aren’t selecting blends that contain sauces, salt, sugar or other unhealthy additives.
Beans are packed with protein, making them an economical alternative to meat. They are loaded with fiber and aid digestive health, reduce cholesterol levels, and keep blood sugars under control. Stockpile these pantry staples when they go on sale. Dried beans will keep for up to a year and canned beans last twice as long.
Sure, that three-pound bag of potato chips for 99 cents may look like a bargain, but knowing that you aren’t getting any nutrition or sustenance from it makes it seem like less of a deal. Choosing food like the items above gives you far more nutritional bang for your buck. And you’ll be saving money in more than one way: directly with the savings from the food itself and indirectly with the savings on your term life insurance policy!