3 Simple Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half and STILL Eat Healthy!

April 12, 2012

3 Simple Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
and STILL Eat Healthy!

I absolutely and utterly despise when people say, “I can’t afford to eat healthy.” (Wow…that wasn’t a very nice way of starting this article. Sorry about that. But seriously!) You can! Absolutely…you can!! Really, it’s just about retraining your mind to shop smarter. We all know the price of gas isn’t the only thing that’s been raising in recent months. Putting dinner on the table costs more too, but if you teach yourself to think differently about the way you shop, you can kinda beat the system!

The global Food Price Index compiled by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization shows us that shoppers are paying more for everything, so unless your wages keep increasing, or you just pain hit the Lotto, you will have to figure something out. I want to show how to cut your grocery bill costs and still eat healthy. It is so important to eat healthy. You know that, I know that, so let’s do this!

Start with these three simple steps:

1. Plan Your Meals Around What is on Sale: ALWAYS plan your meals around what is on sale this week! Buy the fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains that are on sale and then use those to make your menu for the week. If this week chicken breasts, ground turkey or beef, and bananas are on sale, then go with those products and make a Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup, a Healthy/Low Fat Chicken Enchilada Casserole, or Healthy Baked Tostadas, Healthy Petite Lasagna Cups and maybe even some Healthy Banana Bites for desert! Go through your circular for the week and make a list of what you will buy and even try to use printable grocery coupons to save even more on those sale items!

Sale prices = SAVINGS!

2. Replace Meat Products with Vegetables and Beans: One of the ways I cut back on my grocery costs is by replacing expensive meat products with vegetables or beans like I did in my Healthy, Low Cost Spaghetti Recipe. Let’s be honest, vegetables and beans are about 1/3 the cost of meat (comparing both on sale). So, yep…you bet I use a LOT of vegetables and beans in my meals.

If you are saying…”My kids won’t eat them!” Well guess what?! They will if they learn to like them. You may have to try 1, 2…..maybe even 5 times, BUT eventually they will develop the taste buds for these healthy foods and you will be teaching them at a young age what healthy foods taste like. I’m not a doctor (I’m just a mom with real life experience) and I can tell you that my kids would probably have told you at one point they hate vegetables and beans…but now?! NOPE…they love them!

Substitutions = SAVINGS!

3. Buy Frozen or Freeze Fresh Food: According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Americans throw away 15 to 25 percent of their food, with fresh produce accounting for 35 to 40 percent of that. What is this waste costing you??? About $1,350 to $2,200 per year for an average family. If you pick up a great deal on fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, etc. and you stumble on the realization that you are not going to use it before it expires…FREEZE IT! Don’t waste it! Don’t throw it away! You can make lots of food with frozen products like I did in my Healthy Fruit Salad Dessert Recipe and Healthy Petite Lasagna Cups Recipe.

If what I already told you hasn’t convinced you to waste less, just think about this; “If we wasted just 5 percent less food, it would be enough to feed 4 million Americans; 20 percent less waste would feed 25 million people.”

Reducing waste = SAVINGS!

Who said you can’t eat healthy on a budget? Eating healthy shouldn’t break the bank! Keep your money in your pocket with these three simple ideas. Remember…KEEP IT SIMPLE!

~Healthy Gal~

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Coupon Gal May 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

Thank you! Great tips!!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

2 momma-2-monkeys May 8, 2012 at 2:03 am

*refried

3 momma-2-monkeys May 8, 2012 at 2:02 am

I buy cheese in bulk and freeze it, if I open a can of defried beans, I freeze the unused portion, I buy green onions, mint and cilantro, wash, chop and freeze whatever I can’t use in a week, I puree ginger, Jalapeno, tomatoes and garlic and fill gallon ziplock bags, pat them flat to about 1/2cm thickness and freeze them. If you have extra tomatoes, you can Blanche them to remove the skin, then freeze whole tomatoes. If I m not going to use something fast, I usually freeze it. Somethings don’t freeze well, but you learn from experience. I can’t think of anything off hand.

4 Coupon Gal April 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Thank you Jessica!!

Great question!! Yes, you absolutely can. I do all the time and it defrosts quickly just laying out and does not change the texture of the cheese either.

Christy,
Coupon Gal

5 Jessica April 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Love this!! Very informative and simple ways to save!
Question: Can you freeze shredded cheese?

6 Coupon Gal April 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Lesa!!! YAY!! I’m sooo happy you agree and I really hope you and your hubby give it a try! I promise it works! I try to plan at least 3 meals per week with NO MEAT! Can you believe that?

Christy,
Coupon Gal

7 LesaJ. April 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

thanks so much for the reminder, I was just speaking with my hubby in regards to cutting back on meats and adding more beans to our diet. I agree so much with your reminder so again thanks.

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