For so many years I’ve heard people make the excuse that they can’t stick to a grocery budget or coupon because healthy food costs more. I’ve always thought that was a pretty lame excuse, but I haven’t actually proved it until this week.
My husband and I decided to try The Doctor’s Diet by Dr. Travis Stork from the hit TV show, The Doctors. The diet stresses an abundance of fresh and frozen produce and lean meat as a more primary focus of your diet – so this week we stocked up on EVERY item needed for two full weeks of following The Doctor’s Diet and I’m happy to report I was able to purchase everything, and still have $2 left over in the budget. By creating a meal plan & grocery list following Dr. Stork’s plan – and visiting 3 grocery stores to pick up my grocery items at their best price – I have everything I need to eat a well rounded, healthy diet for the next two weeks!You can do it to – yes, healthy food CAN be more expensive, but it is possible to stick to your budget and eat healthy to. Here’s how:
- Shop at discount stores, like Aldi for the majority of your ingredients – I save between $0.20-$2.00 per item by shopping Aldi, instead of Kroger or Meijer
- Purchase lean meat in bulk – Thankfully, we have a freezer full of venison, but to go with it we eat a lot of chicken & ground turkey – Sam’s Club is the perfect place to pick up bulk meat – larger portions often go for a cheaper price per pound
- Stock up when prices hit rock bottom – This week I found a fantastic deal on Pistachios. Large, one pound, bags were 50% off at my local Meijer store. Not only do I have great snacks for the upcoming two weeks, but they’ll last into the following grocery budget as well, saving us more money in the long run
- It’s worth the effort to shop around – I know the last thing busy working mom’s need is to have another place to stop while running errands, but I promise, that effort is usually worth the effort. I guess if a tight budget is not a huge concern in your family then you might as well buy everything together (Lucky you!) 🙂
I’d love to hear about your healthy shopping on a budget tips in the comments below! Happy meal planning!
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