Don’t go broke pursuing your quest to eat healthy. You really can have your money and eat well too
For some reason, many people have this idea that you have to be willing to pay high prices just to eat healthy. We at Savvy Consumer Central beg to differ. Oh, you can pay too much if you like; but you can do that with anything, from toys to kittens. Our objective here is to save you every cent we can.
In Part I of this article, we outlined a few simple ways to save money on good, nourishing food, especially veggies. (Your Mom had excellent reasons for telling you to eat them). Today, we’ll expand on that overall concept with a few other ideas.
A Little Seasoning
One way to save a few bucks is to buy whatever happens to be in season, whether that’s cucumbers or quail eggs. Now, given the global village, jet airplanes, greenhouses, and whatnot, you could argue that everything’s in season somewhere, and that’s true enough.
However, a bunch of grapes purchased in January, or a pint of strawberries bought in July, is going to be freighted (pun intended) with shipping costs at the very least. Even if it was grown locally, it had to come from a greenhouse, which inevitably costs more than in-ground, in-season cultivation.
Fishie, Fishie, Fish!
We’ve already seen that you can save money by cutting back on meats (especially the fatty kinds), but how about fish? While mahi mahi may not be on the menu every day (any more than steak is), you can usually find some reasonably priced fish at the meat counter.
Farm-bred catfish and tilapia are especially popular (and available) these days. You can also find surprisingly inexpensive canned tuna, mackerel, and salmon on the shelves; and while it may not be haute cuisine, it can serve as the basis of some tasty dishes.
Besides, fish oil contains substances called omega-3 fatty acids, which are can decrease body fat, lower cholesterol, and keep your cerebrum healthy. See? Fish really is brain food.
Portion control doesn’t have to be painful. If you cut back by just 10%, which isn’t too much, you save 10% on your food costs. Plus, you get the side benefits of losing weight, maximizing energy, and being healthier overall. Sneaky!
Cut back on your sodas, milk, juice, and other prepared beverages, too. Do you realize that they often cost more, per gallon, than gasoline? And that despite the fact that they’re renewable resources, whereas gasoline is not. That’s decidedly odd (and fodder for another article), but there it is.
The bottom line is that if you exercise some caution and common sense, you can easily save money on your grocery bill — and eat healthy and hearty in the bargain.