The choice of what we eat not only influences our physical well being – our weight, sleep, energy, mood – but also our pockets. In fact, food is one of the biggest sources of household spending each and every month.
In this quick ACTION guide we’re going to show you how a few small adjustments to your eating habits can, not only save you substantial money, but also help you feel healthier and more energised.
You see, many people assume that eating healthier is more expensive but that’s not necessarily true.
Let us show you why!
Below are top healthy eating money saving tips, categorised by meal type, that lead to both a healthier diet and a healthier hip pocket.
Pick the ones that resonate with you the most and start making changes today.
Try breakfast alternatives – Instead of cereals, eat non-instant oatmeal with some raisins and sliced bananas. Oats cost next to nothing and are much healthier than the processed, sugar-laden cereals with all the artificial flavours.
Another easy and inexpensive breakfast alternative is a healthy smoothie that incorporates one scoop of plant based protein powder, a few ice cubes, and freshly cut fruit.
And if you’re a coffee drinker, make your coffee at home or at work, rather than buying it each day. Skipping on one cup of coffee a day from your favourite coffee shop could save you around $1,000 a year!
Taking your lunch to work rather than eating out every day can save you thousands of dollars a year. It’s also healthier as you know exactly what is in your meal.
Quick tip: When you make dinner or breakfast, make a little extra and put it in a container for lunch the next day.
It’s worthwhile to learn to cook at home because it can save you both money and calories. You don’t need to be a chef or spend more than a few minutes in the kitchen to prepare healthy, tasty, and inexpensive meals.
Pasta, rice, and noodles, for example, are extremely easy to prepare, very inexpensive, and provide good sources of complex carbohydrates. You could add variety by adding cooked chopped vegetables or a healthy salad.
When you’re eating out, avoid ordering drinks, appetisers, and desserts. This will reduce your bill by as much as 50%.
Concentrate on socialising with your family, friends or date instead.