4 Simple Ways for Families to Eat Healthy on a Budget

21066759276_5406905d1e_oThis is a sponsored post from Wholeshare.

Eating well and living on a budget are no longer mutually exclusive. We all know that healthy sustainable food can be expensive, and is often hard to find. The healthy food movement has introduced many new and innovative ways for people to access high quality food at budget-friendly prices. With the help of the tips we’ve come up with below, adopting a healthy diet doesn’t have to be considered a luxury anymore.

1. Plan Ahead

For starters, a little bit of planning goes a long way. Consider the groceries you buy most often and make yourself familiar with both local and online price tags. Keep the upcoming week’s calendar in mind so that you can plan out your meals appropriately.

Next, take inventory of what’s already in your kitchen. It helps to keep food storage spaces tidy, to avoid leaving behind perfectly good meals.  Make a note of anything that will spoil in the next week so you can incorporate them into your upcoming meals and avoid waste. At the beginning of the week, cook up big helpings of your meals and enjoy the leftovers in your packed lunches each day. Practice portion control as you prepare these meals and avoid eating out when you can.

Before you do your shopping, have a light bite to eat to avoid impulse buys. It’s safe to say we’ve all been there.

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2. Buy in Bulk

Plain and simple, buying in bulk is one of the best ways to save money on your groceries. Grocery shopping habits are changing in a big way, and as a result Costco is no longer your only option for buying in bulk. The best deals for these products are often found online through healthy marketplaces like Wholeshare.

If you notice one of your household staples goes on sale, stock up without the hesitation that they it will go unused. Essentials like oatmeal, grains, beans, spices, dried fruits, nuts, and nut butters all make great bulk buying choices because they hold well in the pantry. Don’t be afraid to incorporate vegetarian protein sources like quinoa and lentils in an effort to save some dollars on high priced meat. Breads, meat, fruits, and vegetables can all be preserved in the freezer too. Make swaps for expensive processed foods by combining your bulk oats, nuts, and dried fruits together as a healthy and affordable snack alternatives.

3. Shop by the Season

Fruits and vegetables are cheapest when they are actually in season. Abundance of crops and farmer-to-farmer competition both drive down the price of produce. By doing this, you are avoiding produce that is difficult to grow or expensive to transport.

Check out this seasonality chart to learn the best seasons for buying your favorite produce items. Support your local community and enjoy a sweet weekend ritual by shopping at your neighborhood farmer’s market. As an extra tip, try shopping at markets near closing time. Farmers are often hoping to get rid of leftovers and you can end up going home with better deals on grab bags full of produce. If you don’t have access to a farmer’s market, consider growing your own herb or vegetable garden. Planting seeds is much more affordable and rewarding than taking multiple trips to the grocery store.

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4. Join a Healthy Food Buying Club

Buying clubs are a great way to get healthy food for your family at wholesale prices with people who share similar values. They are also especially helpful if your family lives in an area without natural food options. Because the buying club all orders together, everyone increases their purchasing power so wholesalers and farmers will deliver directly to you. It’s easier than ever to join or start a healthy food-buying club in your community through services like Wholeshare. They also offer wholesome wellness products that are usually overpriced at traditional grocery stores.

Check here to see if there are any buying clubs in your area. If not, starting a club is a great way to help your community save money on sustainable food and support their health. Group coordinators also receive a reimbursement for every order, so many of them are able to buy their families’ groceries for free.


4 thoughts on “4 Simple Ways for Families to Eat Healthy on a Budget”

  1. The choice of photos is incredibly poor. Piles of overpriced, individually-packaged, highly processed food is neither healthy NOR affordable. Where are the photos of produce? How ironic that the photo that goes along with “shop by the season” features a dozen items, of which only 1 (peach) is remotely possible to be in season (besides the banana, for that teeny number of parent-readers who live in the tropics). I’m actually offended that Mothering puts this stuff up on their website; even if they need to make money through sponsorships, so called articles like this are misleading and uninformative.

  2. I enjoyed the article! The article itself doesn’t contain real photos and a lot of examples, but the main idea here is to make you think about what you are buying and why. You know your budget and your local markets so you need to create your own grocery list and plan healthy meals. The prices and the foods available vary depending on your area and country, so there can’t be one cheap healthy eating list which applies for everybody. You need to start thinking “healthy” first.

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