Five Ways to Save Money on Healthy Food
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. One common misconception regarding healthy eating is that it’s costly. Contrary to popular belief, purchasing healthy foods and practicing healthy habits can actually save you money—now and in the future.
“Developing healthy eating habits and opting for healthy foods is one of the best investments that you can make for yourself,” says Usama Mitry MD, PIH Health Family Medicine. “Health issues and age-related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease can be costly in the long run.”
The key to saving money on healthy foods is knowing where to shop and what to buy. Here are five tips to keep in mind.
- Look for coupon and sales at markets near you. If you receive ads, coupons or offers from local markets near you via mail or online, be sure to go through them before tossing them out or deleting them. Many of those ads have good deals that you could use.
- Purchase raw veggies vs. pre-cut/packages veggies. Although it may take a little more time to prepare, you can save money by purchasing raw veggies. This option lets you decide how much you want to purchase at a time and you can weigh your veggies to make sure you buy them at the price you’re most comfortable with.
- You do not have to buy organic. There is no difference on the nutritional value and it can also be costly to purchase all organic foods. On average, organic products are 47 percent more expensive than non-organic foods.
- Shop during the week vs. weekends. Several different sources confirm that mid-week is the best day to go grocery shopping. You can save up to 50 percent on produce, meat, poultry and dairy.
- Technology is your best friend. If you own a smart phone, you have access to phone apps that contain digital coupons that can reduce your grocery bill significantly. There are also several websites that contain free printable coupons; just use an online search engine to get started.
Take these tips with you on your next grocery run and reap the benefits—in wealth and in health!