Eating Healthy on a Budget: Pt.1


A common concern when transitioning to healthy eating is the cost.  Coming to terms with a higher price point for groceries can be extremely daunting, even if you aren’t trying to feed a small army.  As with anything, the process of changing your habits around spending and food is based on your own particular struggles, but many have asked for some tips, so over my next couple of blogs, I will share some things that have worked for me at some point during the last  7-years.  I don’t use all these tools at all times, and certainly didn’t implement them all at once.  The process was gradual, and I change it based on my needs for the time in my life.   


Any plan is better than none.  At some points in my life I have been incredibly (or obsessively) organized.  I had meal plans and recipes for the next two weeks planned down to every after-school-snack for the kiddos and the lists that went along with them. I kept a detailed inventory of what supplies I already had at home and the quantities for each.  I’ll admit it is a bit hard to shake the military mindset for me at times, and that is a little excessive and requires more time than I currently have myself.  These days, I’m good to go with a general list based on what we typically eat in a week and maybe one new recipe I want to try (and the list of ingredients to add). Whatever you do, make sure you have something.  It is so easy to spend way too much money when we are wandering the aisles just picking out what looks good. 


This one may seem like common sense to most people, but it took me awhile to figure out that in order to be successful at saving money, I actually had to know what a good deal was in the first place.  Just because something says “sale” on it or is sold in packs of 3 does not necessarily mean I’m paying any less. I started logging prices in a little excel sheet when I got home and would just print it out the next time I went to the store, then I could easily access good prices for my common items while shopping.  Eventually, I didn’t even need the list.  


If you have a small household, bulk can still be a great option.  You can always store extras in the freezer or pantry to use over an extended time period.  I find places like Costco will give me a better deal on quality meat, grains, dried fruit, nuts, and good fats like coconut oil.  Even buying one or two items in bulk each shopping trip will make a difference.

I hope these  tips help you keep your grocery bill in a reasonable range, and I’ll be including a few more in my next blog. If you have a grocery budget tip and do not care to share, email me at, and I will include a few of yours as well!