Products getting close to their best before dates and oddly shaped or slightly bruised produce may be offered at a lower price or discount. Scan different shelves. Companies pay more to place their products at eye level. You may find other versions of the same foods on higher or lower shelves.
Compare prices on generic and brand name products to see if there is a difference before choosing. Foods sold in single-serve packaging can cost more. Buy the full size or family size version and divide it up yourself. Buying foods in bulk can help you save money. Be careful not to buy more than you need, because this can lead to waste.
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Frozen and canned vegetables and fruits are also healthy options. They can be less expensive than fresh produce when it is out of season. Beans, lentils and other legumes are inexpensive protein foods. Use them in your meals several times a week.
Limit highly processed foods. Thanks so much for this!! These recipes look delicious and I love their creativity!! Definitely going to try these recipes!! Thank you!! I love this. These are great tips Dolly!
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Perfect for anyone who is focusing on eating whole foods. You can definitely shop at your local grocery store to get what you need. Something I like to do is buy frozen veggies. Thank you for demonstrating that Whole30 and the benefits of the program are accessible on any budget. Obviously, we have the option to choose higher quality foods if we have the means. However, some commenters need to check their privilege at the door. They personify everything wrong with the Whole30 community!
Elitist with a lack of awareness of the plight of disadvantaged people or anyone outside of their circle. Where are you shopping? Food prices vary by the location.
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Curious where you are buying groceries at the prices mentioned in the article. The prices in comparison to other grocery stores in the area are much more affordable. Thank for being in this space. I appreciate you.
I will continue to share more ways on how to make Whole30 and a healthy lifestyle accessible to all. This is great! As we have gotten used to this way of eating a simple salad with protein is much more satisfying than it was on day 2! Thanks for the post Dolly. I love this so much, Dolly!
Thanks for showing us that it IS possible to eat well no matter where you are or what your access looks like. Sticking to the list helped me so much. This is such a great way to show how easy and affordable it can be to eat real food! Thank you for sharing! Thanks for this! We add some things to your strategies that help us out too. We have go-to sources for our fats and will make special trips for them to stock up.
When it comes to other fats, I save my own. When I roast a chicken, I save the drippings in the fridge, scrape the fat off the top the next day and ta-da chicken fat ready to go. If we splurge on Bacon, we save the grease…etc. I have a bunch of ball Jars with them in it in the fridge.
We also save the bones of everything in bags in the freezer and once a month I make stock and freeze it in portions. We buy alot of frozen vegetables as well. When something is super cheap I buy a lot. I bought the whole thing and then broke it up and froze it portioned in the freezer. We also make all of our own condiments.
I do not buy mayo, salad dressing…. There are amazing recipes online. Most of them can be made quickly in a ball jar with a stick blender. And for those that will scoff that we are not buying grass fed and free-range, we understand that would be better and would if we could be we cannot afford it. We are finding the best middle ground we can with what we have. Thank you so much for sharing all of this!!! This is so helpful. Organic and grass-fed.
This is amazing. We are trying to save money right now for a down payment on a house and we realize we spend a lot of money on food. These tips will definitely come into play to help us save so we can focus our attention on buying a home but also continue to eat healthy. Plan your meals. Look at what you already have at home and examine the specials to plan your meals for the next few days or for the next week.
Discover low cost recipes. There are plenty of ideas on the web. Most resources are from the US so keep in mind that food prices there are different. Make sure to select your province in the top right hand corner of the site before you begin your search click on the flags. This is a Canadian resource so you don't have to account for US prices and currency exchange. However, there is a fee to unlock the feature that lists the stores where the ingredients are on sale. None-the-less, the recipes in the free version can give you ideas for low cost meals. Make a grocery list and stick to it.
Healthy eating on a budget
It is easy to buy more than you planned when you are in the store. Making a list and sticking to it helps to avoid buying on impulse. Use pen and paper, the notes feature on your phone, or download an app : The Flipp app, which searches all the flyers for grocery specials, has an "add to shopping list" feature. Not only is this the best way to enhance the quality of your diet, but animal foods such as meat, fish and cheese are typically more expensive, kilo per kilo, than plant-based foods.