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Healthy shopping on a budget

Healthy eating on a budget

Yes it’s true, we can shop for healthy and delicious food whilst on a budget, whether we’re buying for one or for a whole family. In fact, shopping for healthy food is not as expensive as you think.

Putting your dollars towards healthy food, instead of foods with very little nutrition, will help to keep you and your family eating well and feeling healthy and could even save you money in the long run.

Clever spending

Here are some great suggestions to get you started on shopping for healthy food that costs less:

  • plan your healthy weekly menu ahead including meals and snacks for the week and then write your shopping list
  • shop around locally to find the best prices, and look for the lowest cost per kg or unit
  • look out for specials and buy everyday foods in bulk as they are usually cheaper
  • cook in bulk and freeze for later use
  • go for fresh fruit and vegies that are in season as they are often less expensive and better in quality and taste
  • buy cheaper cuts of meat, for example chicken thighs and stewing beef/lamb, and trim the fat for cooking in casseroles and stews
  • try legumes such as tinned kidney beans, chick peas, soya beans or lentils for a tasty and cheaper alternative to meats in salads or casseroles
  • spend the least on ‘occasional’ foods such as soft drinks, lollies, chocolates, cakes, biscuits, potato crisps and takeaway foods, which are not recommended for everyday healthy eating and are often expensive
  • frozen and canned fruit and vegetables can be a cheap and healthy alternative to fresh items. Choose canned vegies with no added salt (or reduced salt), and canned fruit in natural juice or water
  • consider growing your own vegetables or get involved in your local community kitchen garden
  • buy from local food co-ops or farmers markets in your area.

Watch the Swap It and Save! Ideas to save money in your lunch box video.

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