We all know healthy food can be expensive, and is often hard to find. The good news is that shopping for your family on a budget and eating well don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The healthy food movement has introduced many new and innovative ways for people to access high quality food at budget-friendly prices. With the help of these tips, building a healthy diet for your family doesn’t have to be a luxury anymore. Check out our top 3 tips for eating well on a budget.
Fruits and vegetables are cheapest when they are actually in season. When crops are abundant and farmers have more competition, prices are driven down. Sticking with what’s in season will save you extra cash and will keep your food nutrient filled and tastier too. Check out this seasonality chart to learn the best seasons for buying your favorite produce items. Shopping at farmers markets is a great way to shop seasonally as well as support your local community. As an extra tip, try shopping at markets near closing time. Farmers are often hoping to get rid of leftovers and you can end up going home with better deals on grab bags full of produce. Bonus points for doing your part in the #uglyfood movement. If you don’t have access to a farmer’s market, consider growing your own herb or vegetable garden. Planting seeds is much more affordable and rewarding than taking multiple trips to the grocery store.
Buying in bulk is one of the best ways to save money on your groceries. If you notice one of your household staples goes on sale, stock up. Essentials like oatmeal, grains, beans, spices, dried fruits, nuts, and nut butters all make great bulk buying choices because they hold well in the pantry. Consider your freezer your new best friend. Don’t be afraid to freeze extra meat, produce, breads, and seafood for later use. Make swaps for expensive processed foods by combining your bulk oats, nuts, and dried fruits together as a healthy and affordable alternative. Cook up large portions at the beginning of the week and enjoy the leftovers in your packed lunches. When buying in bulk, it’s also helpful to have a few versatile recipes like soups, stir fries or fried rice which can incorporate whatever produce or meat you happen to have on hand.
Join a Healthy Food Buying Club
Buying clubs are a great way to get healthy food for your family at wholesale prices. Here’s how it works – a couple households get together and order their food directly from wholesale food distributors and farmers. Because the club all orders together, everyone increases their purchasing power so wholesalers and farmers will deliver directly to the club. Not only does the community get access to great food, they get it at wholesale prices. It’s easier than ever to join or start a healthy food-buying club in your community through Wholeshare. These are especially helpful if you live in an area without great natural food options.
Check here to see if there are Wholeshare buying clubs in your area. If not, starting a club is a great way to help your community save money on sustainable food and support their health. Folks who run their own buying clubs on Wholeshare also receive a reimbursement for every order, so many of them are able to buy their families’ groceries for free.