Do You Eat Fast Food Because It's Cheap?


Woman with Bags of Healthy Food

While ordering a bacon cheeseburger, French fries, and a large soda at your favorite, fast food restaurant, you experience a twinge of guilt. You desperately want to drop that extra 50 pounds you’ve been carrying around for as long as you can remember. You know your fast food lunch won’t help you achieve your weight loss goals. But, you reason fast food is the only type of fare you can afford. If you can relate to this scenario, don’t despair. Eating healthier might actually be more affordable than you could have ever dreamed possible. 

Be a Savvy Food Shopper

If you become a savvy, grocery shopper, eating healthy shouldn’t negatively affect your wallet. The first step to economical, food shopping is to create a weekly menu. By deciding what meals you’re going to prepare a week in advance, you can develop a detailed, grocery list of ingredients you’ll need. Once you’re at the grocery store, only buy the items on your list. By sticking to the items on your list, you’ll be less likely to splurge on tantalizingly tempting foods such as the hot, fresh donuts in the bakery section of the supermarket.

Besides shopping with a grocery list, you should take advantage of the delicious, fresh produce of the season. When fruits and vegetables are in season, they’re typically both more affordable and tastier. Local, farmer’s markets are wonderful places to shop for fresh, produce options. If you have space in your backyard, consider growing your own healthy foods such as tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, field peas, and strawberries.

Avoid Products with Added Sugar or Salt

Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are inexpensive alternatives to fresh ones. Before you purchase canned and frozen foods, read the nutrition labels on them carefully. Avoid buying products with added sodium or sugar. Taking advantage of store promotions is another great way to save money while shopping for groceries. Clipping coupons from newspapers or downloading them online can also decrease your food bill drastically. Armed with the right, frugal tips, eating healthy on a budget is definitely within your reach.

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