When you are living on a tight budget, food shopping and planning meals can be difficult. When you are living off low income and you are trying to eat healthy, it is a lot harder. Here are 10 tips to make eating better when you’re skint that bit easier.
Look for special offers and plan meals accordingly
If the local supermarket has promotional low prices on certain produce then opt to change your meal plan to incorporate your items. It’s amazing how much of a big difference, little savings can make. If the supermarket has a savings card available or promotional brochure you should sign up for those too.
Buy fresh food when it’s in season and freeze it
Freezing food is a great way to avoid waste. Fresh food is expensive and doesn’t keep very long. It’s too easy to stock up your fridge and end up throwing half of it away as you didn’t eat it fast enough. This is especially hard for those living alone. You can only eat so much food per day. Freezing your food means you can make your shop last much longer.
Buy less expensive meat
If you are a meat eater then you will know the pain of paying the high prices for it. There are little savings to be made however by choosing an alternative cut. For example chicken thighs are cheaper than chicken breasts. Also if the cheaper meat you buy is a bit tough you can use alternative cooking methods to make it tenderer, like a slow cooker.
Learn to love whole grains and beans
Quinoa and brown rice are cheaper options for bulking up meals. In general whole grains are cheaper and you can by tinned beans which last longer periods of time. They will help make your healthy meal more filling and won’t break the bank.
Prepping food in advance is a great way to stay healthy and save money for many reasons. First of all by planning ahead you are taking the option for something unhealthy away. This is especially true for those who are working. It also means you are saving money on overpriced lunches from the local deli or coffee shop. Meal prepping is a great time saver as well which means you have more time to do other important things throughout the working week such as going to the gym.
Organise your fridge and kitchen cupboards
Label your leftovers and keep your fridge organised to help avoid food going to waste. If everything in your fridge is easily viewed and accessible you won’t miss anything that could be near the sell by date. You also won’t forget about anything. There’s nothing worse than finding an old vegetable at the back of the fridge that is mouldy.
Go to a farmers market at the end of the day
Depending on where you live farmers markets can be a great way to save money. It’s great for buying fresh organic produce. Sometimes if you go right before they close you can get a good deal. The farmers will want to unload as much as possible before packing up and going home. They might throw in a few extras just to get rid of all their stock.