How to Save Money on Healthy Foods

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Outside of your home and health insurance expenses, what is the biggest expense for your family?  I bet you are going to say food/groceries. Feeding your family is one of the most important things you need to do in life, but it is also one of the most expensive.  Keeping your food bill on a budget is an important tool for keeping your entire budget on track, but it can be done.

We have made it to where I can feed my family of 5 for $500 per month.  I’ve seen people do better, but I’ve seen a lot of people do worse too. The thing is though, I like to feed my family a healthy diet free of packaged and convenience foods, which can be much cheaper.

Here are the tips I followed to learn how to save money on healthy foods:

  • Shop at my local farm stand.  Just a couple miles from my house is a non-gmo farm stand where I can get really cheap produce!  I find apples 5/$1.00 zucchini 4/$1.00 and watermelons for $3 each. The food is fresh, local and cheap and it helps keep my food bill down.
  • Shop sales at the grocery store.  I almost never buy anything full price so just about every single meal at my home has been planned around the sales at the grocery store.
  • Meal plan.  I know, I know, I talk about it all the time, but the reality is, meal planning is such an integral part of maintaining a budget.  Try this: create one month of healthy meals and shop around that plan (while sticking to sales).
  • Avoid pre-packaged meals.  Convenience foods that proclaim to be healthy meals are almost always going to be more expensive than other healthy foods.  Try the good old rule for grocery shopping: stick to the perimeter to eat healthiest!

What are your favorite tips on keeping the price of healthy foods down?

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