Eating healthy on a budget is a chore to say the least, but it doesn’t have to be with these 4 simple tips:

1.       Have a Plan- When it comes to making sure you don’t blow your grocery budget out of the water; you have to have a solid plan. This includes planning each meal to make sure it has the ability to feed the entire family, buying plenty of drinks in the event family members don’t just drink water, and making sure there are healthy snacks around between meals. Consider having a book of healthy recipes put together that your family enjoys, which will grow over time. This will make it easier to find healthy meals to cook that you already know will go over well.

2.       Stay Away from Pre-Packaged Foods- If there’s one thing that can eat away at your budget while simultaneously growing your waistline, it’s consuming pre-packaged and processed foods. When buying items like beans and rice, go for the dried varieties and buy in bulk, as this will save greatly when compared to canned and pre-packaged versions. Processed foods are full of fillers and artificial ingredients, which are certainly bad for your health as well.

3.       Buy when foods are On Sale- This will take a little extra prep time, but it’s well worth the effort. Many grocery stores offer double and triple coupons that can help take the sting out of your bill, and there are apps you can download on your phone that will give you the weekly ads from your local grocery store. Many grocery stores also have their own app that you can use to download digital coupons, which will automatically be added at checkout. It’s also helpful to know which produce items your family enjoys and when those items are in season, as in-season produce costs considerably less than when it’s out of season.

4.       Buy a Crock Pot- Buying a Crock Pot or other slow cooker can be extremely helpful in making healthy soups and stews to help save money while providing a healthy meal. Crock Pots also save time and keep you from making impulsive and expensive dinnertime purchases.