Here at Wizzcash, we appreciate that improving your diet is an important consideration and a genuine concern for people from all walks of life. It is something that individuals expend a great deal of time, energy and money on each day and has grown rapidly in significance – especially in the last decade with new research into diet shining a light onto the dangers of unhealthy eating. Sadly, improving our diets on a budget is something that many of us still struggle to do – with the lack of information playing a large part in this. That is why we have put together this guide for you, so that you can learn a little bit more about improving your diet on a budget.
Improving Your Diet On A Budget
Once you decide to trade in the snacks, the processed foods and the takeaways for a healthier lifestyle, you will naturally want to start saving yourself money in the process. Nobody wants to spend a fortune on improving their diet especially if money is tight to begin with. Well thankfully, this is completely possible and healthy eating on a budget can be (when you know how) a simple and pain-free task.
Incorporating Fruit And Vegetables Into Your Diet
This seems like a no brainer, right? Fruit and vegetables are the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Often people think that fruit and vegetables are expensive, and they can be if you are not looking in the right places; more often than not however they are far cheaper than unhealthy snacks, takeaways and microwave/ready meals. Below we have listed for you our top tips regarding the buying and enjoying of fruit and vegetables on a budget:
- Generally speaking, loose fruit and vegetables are much cheaper than the fruit and vegetables in plastic packaging – plus they are more environmentally friendly!
- Supermarkets such as Aldi or Lidl offer vegetables and fresh produce at a much lower price than the other popular supermarkets (Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco).
- Look for frozen vegetables in the frozen aisles. These offer excellent value for money (a 1kg bag of frozen broccoli from Asda, for example, will only set you back £1.05. In comparison, a 360g fresh broccoli currently costs 55p. Correct as of 13/06/19). You can get carrots, cauliflowers, brussels sprouts and more frozen vegetables from most supermarkets. Plus, frozen versions of vegetable are often higher in nutritional value than their fresh counterparts as they are frozen almost directly after harvesting!
- Don’t be afraid of the farmer’s market or the local fresh produce stall(s). You can often find a wide variety of different fruits and vegetables, at competitive prices, with multiple deals and offers available. In addition, do not be afraid to haggle!
- Keep your eyes peeled for deals/offers/coupons on your favourite fruit and vegetables. Aldi, for example, have a recurring deal dubbed “Super 6”. This involves Aldi each week reducing in price a new set of 6 fruit and vegetables.
- Lastly, if you are able to, grow your own fruit and vegetables! This will cut your costs down massively – you’ll only pay for the seeds and the compost. Not having a garden or an allotment need not restrict you either, as you can grow tomatoes, for example, from a windowsill planter!
Buy In Bulk
- Bulk buying foods and ingredients is an excellent way to save money and can help you to add large quantities of healthy items to your diet without breaking the bank. It is a generally accepted rule that the greater the bulk that you buy in, the lower the cost per kg or per item. For example, a large bag of potatoes, onions or rice will be cheaper than buying the same amount in smaller bags or packs. Just make sure that you are using all of the food item in question rather than throwing it away – as this will mean you will lose money in the long-run!
Plan And Prepare Your Meals
- If you plan all of your healthy meals ahead of time, before you do your shop, then you will know exactly what you need to buy. Once you have planned all of your meals you can build a shopping list off of the back of this. Having a list in place before you shop will stop you buying ingredients and thinking of meals to make on the fly!
- Creating yourself a concise shopping list for the week can ensure that you’re picking the cheapest ingredients and cooking the healthiest/tastiest meals. Furthermore, having a list of items that you intend to buy can assist you in sticking to your budget – saving you money.
- Once you have purchased all of your healthy ingredients, cook yourself enough for lunch the next day, and dinner the next day if possible – the more you can make in one sitting the more you will save! This will also cut down on your overall cooking time and will mean that you won’t spend money on the following day for lunch or dinner (meal deals and takeaway options can be unhealthy).
- Consider adding pulses, such as beans, lentils or peas into your diet. These are very cheap, can be bought in bulk, last a long time in pre-cooked meals and taste great. A tin of chickpeas from Sainsbury’s for example will set you back a very reasonable 40p, and they are packed full of fibre, protein and beneficial nutrients (price correct as of 13/06/19).
- It is a good idea to use your calculator as you go, so you can keep an exact track of your spending.
Freeze Your Food (Including Leftovers)
- The freezer is your friend. Almost anything, including meats, breads, some fruits and vegetables can be bought and then frozen, saved for a later date. Keep your eyes on the reduced section in your local store or supermarket of choice, you can grab some expensive and healthy items and then freeze them – keeping them fresh for months.
- Instead of throwing healthy food away, such as leftovers or items that you know will go off before you get a chance to eat them, freeze them.
Consider Eating Less Meat
- We appreciate that this may well be a controversial point, however, it is worth considering. This is because the health benefits of vegetarianism are well documented. The negative effects on health are also well documented and considerable when it comes to the regular and consistent eating of processed meats, bacon and red meat, especially when this occurs daily. Products that replicate meat are also often cheaper than their standard meat counterparts. Linda McCartney sausages and burgers, as well as Quorn products (that have now got an impressive range of different things) are high in protein, on offer often, and will most likely provide great value for money.
There are a lot of ways in which you can save money whilst also making a positive and overwhelmingly healthy change to your diet – as you can see from the above! The tips that we have discussed in this blog are by no means exhaustive and we would always encourage you to conduct further research on your own. We hope that you can use some of the above to improve your diet, saving yourself money in the process.
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