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Buy healthy foods on a budget

Entering a grocery store can be intimidating at times, especially when you’re trying to eat a little healthier. Buying fruits and vegetables can be intimidating too, this is true after seeing some of the prices. There’s no denying that eating healthy can be expensive at times. In honor of July, which is Farm Fresh Month, I’m going to share some of my favorite tips for eating healthy on a budget!

  • Shop in season! Shopping in season is the first way to save money. When you shop in season, you are buying products that are abundant. It is at the height of freshness and ripeness as certain fruits and vegetables grow at different times of the year. When something is in season (and in abundance) the price is low because the supply is greater than consumer demand. At the moment, strawberries, watermelon, asparagus, broccoli, Swiss chard and cherries are in season. To see what’s in season near you, visit Guide to seasonal foods.

  • Use the weekly flyer! Every week, most grocery stores have a flyer with all of the items that are on sale for that week. By reading the flyer before shopping, you can see all the offers that you might have missed if you hadn’t read the flyer. Professional tip, you can find flyers online or in front of the store!

  • Buy in larger quantities! Buying staple foods like rice, oats, wheat, nuts, and beans is always good to buy in bulk. Buying in bulk will save you a lot of money and always have a supply in case you need it for all of your cooking activities.

  • Consider them frozen and canned! There’s no shame in buying frozen and canned fruits or vegetables. As long as no sugar or salt is added, frozen and canned products still contain nutrients and fiber. This is also a great option if you live in a cooler climate or want to save money.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you shop to save money on healthier groceries! What’s your favorite way to save money when buying healthy groceries? Send us an email at [email protected]


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