Eating healthy on a budget

Haven Accounting | 3 MIN READ October 2, 2018

Whether you’re saving for a home or just wanting to keep your finances in check, cutting down on your costs can sometimes mean skipping the vital nutrition you need. We’ve found some great ways to keep you and your family healthy without blowing the budget!

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Get a plan together
Take a look at what you currently have sitting in your fridge and in your cupboards and plan out your meals for the week based on these ingredients – you might have to get creative! If you have a general idea of what you’re having for each meal, it can make it easier to avoid those last-minute takeaways when you can’t be bothered thinking about what to make for dinner.

Lists go a long way
When you do need to top up your meal ingredients, make sure that you take a shopping list with you when you visit the supermarket. Not only will it help you remember what you need, it’s also likely to stop you from purchasing non-essential items if you’re ticking things off as you go. It should go without saying, but also don’t shop when you’re hungry – you’ll find your trolley full of unhealthy snacks and sweets which can add up very quickly!

Love those leftovers
Repurposing any leftovers is an easy way to stretch out your meals and save you valuable time and money. If you don’t want to be eating the same thing every day, try making something new with them. Any leftover chicken or vegetables can easily be thrown together with rice to make a delicious fried rice dish. Think about any food you would normally throw out too – if you’ve had a roast chicken for dinner, you can reuse the bones to make a hearty chicken soup.

Cut the expensive meat
It can be tempting to purchase pre-chopped and deboned meat, but it’s a lot cheaper to buy less processed cuts of meat and do it yourself. The cheaper cuts of meat are just as nutritious, and work well in stews and slow-cooked meals. Chicken thighs or legs are usually more affordable than breast meat and are often more juicy too!

Nutrition for every season
The best way to make the most of your fruit and veges is to buy them when they’re in season when they will be fresh and abundant and often a lot more affordable. If you find that you like to eat a certain fruit or vegetable all year round, you can always buy it in season and freeze it for use later on – this works well with berries especially as they can be very expensive when bought out of season.

DIY the dressings
Make your own dips, sauces, dressings and soups. These kinds of condiments often come with a hefty price tag, especially when they are carrying a certain brand. Making your own does require a little bit of time, but you can make large batches and freeze them. Making these yourself also means that you’ll know exactly what has gone into them and you can avoid the mounds of extra sugar and salt that are often added to the packaged sauces.

Eating healthily doesn’t have to be expensive, you just have to be smart about the food you are consuming. Not only will these tips help your wallet, they’ll also help you and your family to stay in tiptop health!

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