Healthy Eating Cost Savings Tips

My mind cannot get off of the excuses I received Tuesday as it relates to healthy eating.  The one that sticks out as somewhat legit is the idea that healthy eating is expensive.  I can attest to the fact that eating healthy takes time and preparation and buying lots of fresh fruits and veggies can be a little more expensive than Ramen Noodles, but I still refuse to accept this as a legitimate reason to eat crap food.

My opinion is firm and resolute: healthy eating is the biggest sign that you respect yourself.  If you can do better, you should do better.  If you are capable of putting fruit in your mouth as opposed to cake, then you should.  Period.  I will never relent on this point.  If you eat because of emotional reasons and this causes you to be obese, then you must speak to a health care professional to work through the issues. If you want your entire life to change, then spend 6 months eating healthy foods. I promise you it will have an impact on every single aspect of your life!!!!!!!

Why am I so passionate about obesity and living a healthy lifestyle?  The answer is simple: I do not want people to die prematurely because of ignorance, laziness or neglect.  So many health related problems disappear when people start living a healthy lifestyle.  This is a fact!  High blood pressure is the most common issue that healthy living resolves.  **Once again, I am speaking about people that have no medical reasons contributing to their weight problems.**

Anyway, to get back to my point about the expense of eating healthy I have compiled a list of things that one can do to eat healthy on a budget:

  1. Buy an entire chicken instead of buying the packaged chicken breasts.  For about the same money you can buy an entire rotisserie chicken which will provide 5 times the meat.
  2. Buy potatoes by the bag.  Baked potatoes are a great carbohydrate option and a bag only costs a couple bucks.
  3. Grow your own veggies.  This may not be an option available for everyone but you must think outside the box to overcome obstacles.
  4. Organize how you shop for groceries.  This is so important.  First, only visit the store once per week.  If you forget something add it to the list for the following week.  Second, buy spices, nuts, nonperishables in bulk and only replenish every 2 months.  And third, shop to fill recipe needs that will produce multiple meals.  Do not randomly grab things from shelves, then try to produce something from what you purchased.
  5. Shop at discount grocers.  Evelina and I shop at Aldi which provides great products at huge discounts.  We can fill a shopping cart for under $70, which would cost approximately $120 at Publix or Harris Teeter.
  6. DO NOT OVER-BUY!  This is the number one issue most shoppers have when buying fresh fruits and veggies.   Remember, you are going to buy fruits and veggies each week so plan your buying so that you run out on the day prior to shopping.  If you still have fruit left on your shopping day this lets you know to eat more or cut back a little.
  7. Prepare casseroles and slow cooker meals.  This cooking style allows you to have many meals prepared with very little time or money invested.
  8. EAT BEFORE YOU GO SHOPPING!  Going to the store hungry will guarantee over-buying.
  9. Fall in love with beans.  Go to the store and buy the largest mixed bag of beans available.  They are a great source of protein and are very inexpensive.  Do not buy them by the can.
  10. Shop for deals on packaged chicken and fish.  Often the butcher can point out product that will soon “expire” meaning the store needs to sell the product quickly and has reduced the price.  Sometimes at a 60% discount!
  11. Buy frozen veggies by the bag.  My favorite is the vegetable medley in the 5 lb bag costing about $3-$4.  Great value and better for you.
  12. And my personal favorite…only shop on the outer portion of the market.  This is where you will find fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, etc.  Eliminate the processed, pre-packaged, frozen meals, cakes, cookies, etc.  All of this is expensive and ruins your health and budget!

So these are a few of the ways that we keep costs down around our house.  I do not want to hear any more excuses as I am kind of tired of playing Myth Busters here on Dream Big!  I say that tongue-in-cheek, but you get my point.

The only reason people do not eat healthy is because they simply do not care, are ignorant or are neglectful.  And by ignorant I mean lacking knowledge or awareness in general…not stupidity.

I hope this helps remove a few obstacles from your mind and starts you on a healthier lifestyle.  If you can do better, you should.





56 thoughts on “Healthy Eating Cost Savings Tips

  1. Bravo! I get very frustrated with the “can’t afford it” excuse for not eating healthy. Buying junk food filler is very expensive and is not satisfying in the long term – if you can afford junk food, you can afford to buy healthy. A friend of mine complained she couldn’t afford to buy healthy food, yet when we reviewed her budget, we found she was spending $300+ (that she admitted to) on cigarettes alone, adding bodily insult to injury. Eating healthy pays off both for the health of the individual and the health (and economy) of society. I don’t recall the stats, but a phenomenal percentage of health care issues are directly related to poor eating habits. This doesn’t mean you can’t have treats. It just means you don’t view those treats as your primary diet. I’m a great advocate of frozen veggies as a substitute for the often more costly fresh veggies to save money. And as listed above, there are many ways to eat healthy on a budget. The amazing thing about eating healthy is how much better you feel, and how much clearer your thinking is, leading to more healthy living!

    1. Agree, agree, agree, with 1000 exclamations! Thank you for posting your thoughts! So many people tell me they cannot afford fresh food, I tell them to cancel cable pay TV!!

  2. Reblogged this on Mtnwriter77's Blog and commented:
    While I usually blog about writing related topics, you may also have noticed that I am a bit of a health addict. So when I found this blog, I knew there would be a number of his postings that I’d be tempted to re-blog. Enjoy!

  3. I make a very specific effort to plan a whole week of meals before I shop. It’s not easy to plan what you want to eat. So I try to pick two proteins to make meals selections around. Like if I buy a chicken, one dinner is the roasted chicken, then I make soup from the left overs.
    You’ve got some great ideas on the shopping approach.

    1. Organized shopping is essential to effective eating and economics. You can wastefully spend lots of money buying things you do not and should not be eating. Thank you for your thoughts!

  4. A small garden, even a couple of veggies in containers, can save money and be organic. A tomato plant is easy. The fruits are easy to freeze for winter. It’s fun.

  5. Till a few years ago, my husband and I were both in extremely stressful jobs, working an average of 10 hours a day – which left us very little time (and even less energy) to cook. We subsisted on pizza delivery and other trash. Then… well, lots of things happened, and I ended up quitting my job so that I could focus on my writing (I’m a novelist and short story writer). I’d also become pretty ill, with high cholesterol and blood pressure. Freeing up enough time to cook proper meals has made a huge difference. We’re both definitely fitter, leaner, much happier than we were 10 years back – and we put it down to healthy eating.

    1. I did the same thing this past December and it has changed my entire life. I am a firm believer that those in chaos must start exercising and eating healthy as both are keystone habits that begin to ripple effect into all aspects of life.

  6. We have a similar shopping plan to what you suggest. Every 2 weeks, we shop Sams Club ‘perimeter’ for produce, dairy, meat and frozen (mainly fruit and veggies). Our favorite 2 items are their big box of organic greens and their rotisserie roasted – the salad lasts 2 weeks and that chicken generally makes 4-6 meals.
    On alternating weeks, we restock veggies and fruit at a nearby Korean Fruit Stand.
    You might have noticed that we don’t shop the center of the store …. once a month, we use our Amazon Prime account to get a Prime Pantry box (our mail lady is not too fond of this), but we get paper products, salad dressing (which Sams does not have), etc. delivered right to our door.
    Lastly, every 2-3 months, we order nuts, dried fruits (alias snacks) and spices from
    This shopping system might not work for everyone, but it works for us and not only saves gas, but the hassle of wrestling with bulky paper products other than to put them away.

    1. You brought up a good point that I omitted: shopping at a farmer’s market as you do at the Korean Fruit Stand. Great thoughts and I am happy you dropped by!!

    1. Most people do not look at their neglect in that manner. Much like neglecting a car, it is cheaper in the long run to change the oil regularly. Thank you for the comment!

  7. Great post… I notice a huge difference in how I feel when I eat fruit and veggies instead of processed food…. I am fortunate to live within walking distance of the local farmers market which pops up every Tuesday afternoon…. I buy 90% of my produce there. I agree about the beans. I make a big pot and have at least half a cup every day in a salad. Thanks for the follow, I am doing likewise.

  8. Great post! I’m a big believer in eating healthy. Some people just don’t know when to push away from the table. It’s hard to lose weight when you get older, especially for women. We have a great farmers market where I live. My husband goes every weekend and always brings home something wonderful.

  9. Good article dray0308 – I don’t have room to grow own veges, but I grow all my own herbs and chillies, in pots. Saves a few bucks and food tastes better with the inclusion of ‘home grown’. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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