With the cost of fuel and food increasing globally it can be difficult to make ends meet.
When you are hungry and pushed for time and money, processed and fast food can seem like the best options.
However, you don’t have to break the bank to eat well. In fact, there are many ways to eat well even on a very tight budget.
Follow these top tips for eating healthily on a budget!
Plan your meals
Planning your meals ensures you eat a balanced diet, but it also ensures that you utilise ingredients and avoid food waste. Once you have planned your meals and made your shopping list, stick to it. It is very easy to get sidetracked at the supermarket, especially with special offers, which can lead to unintended purchases.
Buy frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
Fresh fruits, berries, and vegetables are usually in season for only a few months per year and can be expensive. Not only is frozen produce cheaper it is also just as nutritious. Frozen produce is great to use when cooking, making smoothies, or as toppings for porridge or yoghurt. Utilising frozen produce can also reduce food waste, as you only take the portion you need out of the freezer.
Eating less meat may be a good way to save money. Try to go vegetarian one or two days per week, where you use other protein sources, such as beans, legumes and eggs. These are all very inexpensive, nutritious, and easy to prepare. Most of them also have a long shelf life and are therefore less likely to spoil quickly.
Batch cooking meals can save you both time and money. Meals like soups, bolognese, chilli con carne and curries all freeze really well. Utilising your freezer to keep single-portion sizes or leftovers can also stop you from eating out on days when you don’t have time to cook a meal from scratch.
Let us know in the comments below if these tips helped you save some money.