It can be a tough challenge to juggle trying to eat healthy while being on a tight budget. Fortunately for you, we’re here to help and have compiled these five very doable tips to help you fill your tummy with yummy delicious fare, while not completely emptying your pockets.
1. Get out of your culinary comfort zone
Mexican and Indian cuisine largely makes use of inexpensive ingredients such as bean and rice. That said, learn to try new cuisines especially those that allow interchangeable ingredients because less waste means less cost-efficiency on your end.
2. Keep an organised fridge and pantry.
Leftovers are awesome and should be made the most out of. However, how are you ever going to do that if you they’re kept out of sight, at the back of the fridge? Label leftovers and keep your fridge organized to help minimise food waste.
Package foods in amounts you can easily use, such as freezing chicken pieces by twos and hamburger patties separately wrapped.
3. Make leftovers new again.
Speaking of leftovers, you can use them in some other way if you are not a fan of eating the same food over and over again (Then again, who is?). Consider repurposing leftovers into an entirely new and delicious meal.
4. Go to the farmers market at the end of the day.
For the best sale prices, think about paying a visit to the farmer’s market at the end of the day when you’re most likely to score amazing deals.
Go to the farmer’s market about an hour before they close and enjoy some very good bargains on produce, since the sellers want to unload as much as possible before they close up for the day.
5. Shop at ethnic markets.
At ethnic markets, you’ll find bargain deals on specific products as well as interesting yet inexpensive ingredients.
For example, you can buy purchase cheap noodles at an Asian market as opposed to buying rice noodles over at the supermarket where they can be pricy.