Eating healthy can be a difficult task for many when working with a small grocery budget. We all know we should incorporate healthy foods into our diet but boxed products are not only more convenient – they’re often cheaper than fresh foods, too! Eat fresh AND stay on budget by checking out our six tips below.

1. Shop Your Local Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s markets are full of local produce that is not only healthy but generally less expensive than grocery stores. By buying directly from the farmer, you’re avoiding the grocery store mark-up and supporting local business. Visit this site to find local farmer’s markets by county in West Michigan!

2. Shop for In-Season Foods

Have you ever noticed that berries are cheaper in the summer? Buying in-season can help lower your grocery bill because the produce is more easily available. It’s all about supply and demand! You can find a seasonal produce guide here to help navigate the grocery store all year long.

3. Do Your Research

Check grocery store ads weekly to see what the latest deals are. By doing your research you know you will be getting the best deal. Searching for coupons is also a great resource for saving a few extra dollars!

You can even go the extra step and shop for your groceries at multiple stores. Each week my husband and I shop from two different grocery stores to make sure we stay under budget. Is it a hassle? Yes, sometimes it would be so much easier to get everything from one store. However, it saves us money by taking the time to get the best deal. We make decisions on which store to buy from based on cost, quality, and whether or not an item we need is available.

4. Shop for Your Own Groceries

Convenience comes with a price! Services like Shipt (though extremely convenient) can quickly eat away at a budget before you even begin shopping. If you’re looking to incorporate healthier foods but aren’t sure where to fit in the cost, it may be time to cancel your grocery shopping service. If convenience is a non-negotiable, you can also try visiting a store that will let you order online and pick up in-store without signing up for a subscription. This option will ensure you’re sticking to your grocery list without paying the extra fees of a subscription.

5. Buy in Bulk when You can

Buying in bulk may seem like a big investment at first but it can save you money in the long run. The price per piece, compared to buying in smaller packages, is typically less when you buy in bulk. By buying in bulk for the items you know you will always use (aka toilet paper) you’ll be able to put more money toward healthy foods. And bonus, you won’t have to add those items to your grocery list as often!

6. Make a List and Stick to it

Make a plan for your grocery trip! Start by planning out what meals you want to make and eat during the week and then list out the groceries needed. Pen and paper are the tried and true method but there are MANY apps that can help manage your list and your life. I use Cozi and love the free version to keep my grocery list organized! Sticking to your list will be a huge factor in staying on budget. You did all of the work to prepare for the store so don’t let tempting treats or fun, new products diverge you from your budget.

Have a healthy budget tip you’d love to share? Let us know!

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