One thing I hear a lot is that healthy eating is expensive. It doesn’t have to be, though! Here are five tips to help you save money on healthy foods.
1) Grow your own vegetables:
Growing your own garden gives you ultimate control over what you are putting into your body. You can choose what types of seeds and soil to buy. You can get GMO free seeds and organic soil for your garden, giving you the option to have your own organic vegetables for less! A $70 investment into your garden can get you a return worth $530!
2) Can and Freeze your own vegetables
You’ve spent all that time on the garden, now don’t let your extra veggies go to waste! If you can and freeze your leftover veggies you will still be eating your organic vegetables all year long without making a trip to the store in sub zero weather!
3) Buy your spices in bulk:
Did you ever have to make a recipe that calls for a spice that you don’t have and probably won’t use again after this recipe? Find a local store that sells spices in bulk so you don’t have to go pay $8 for one recipe just for one spice. The other nice thing about going to a bulk store and only buying in small quantities is that spices have a shelf life. As it sits on your shelf, your spice will lose it’s flavor, so you really don’t want large quantities of spices sitting on your shelf.
4) Use the whole chicken:
Sure, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are easy to use and are almost fat-free, but it’s the most expensive way to buy chicken. Buying a whole chicken is much cheaper and you can use leftovers in soups, salads, and sandwiches. It doesn’t take much time to cut up a chicken to make just the parts you want as well. If you take a couple hours on a Sunday you can prep your meat and other meals for the rest of the week.
5) Buy a rain barrel
Not only does it save you money to have a rain barrel because you aren’t adding to you water bill, but it’s a huge help since where I live they put watering restrictions out. You can even save money on your rain barrel by buying it at Home Depot or Lowes through Giving Assistant.
Giving Assistant is a great website to help you save money on your favorite websites. Not only do they give you cash back on what you buy through them, but you can choose the amount of money that you’d like to donate to your favorite charity from your cash back. It is super easy to sign up for Giving Assistant; you can do it through email or Facebook. It took less than a minute for me to sign up!
Giving Assistant isn’t a promo code site that frustrates you with bad codes. It is a free digital loyalty program with over 1,100 of the largest retailers and you receive an average of 5% cash reward after each online purchase. How it works is: Retailers pay Giving Assistant a commission for purchases originated from their website which is typically a percentage of the sale (avg ~5%). For purchases originated by their members they pay the entire commission as cash back directly and digitally to their members. For non-member purchases they retain the commission, and make a small donation to Feed America to give one meal.
Members are given the option to automatically donate any % of their cash back to any charity of their choice. The money comes directly to you in a secure debit card and the payout is a minimum of $1 instead of $25 like other sites.
Not only can you save money on your healthy food by taking advantage of the five tips above, but you can also save money by using Giving Assistant for your online shopping.