Eating healthy can be expensive but it doesn't have to break the bank. Here are a few tips that have helped me when choosing what to eat.
1. Eat less meat. Cutting back on meat is a money saver. Embrace Meatless Mondays and incorporate more vegetables into your diet. The fact is most of us eat more meat than we need to and not enough fruits and vegetables.
2. Shop in the moment. Seasonal foods are not only cheaper but also taste better. By shopping seasonally you can try a variety of foods throughout the year. To find out what is harvested during each season in your area go to http://www.localharvest.org/
3. If you absolutely have to buy something off season, frozen is the way to go. Frozen fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of their ripeness making them super delicious all year long.
4. Make Friends. Get to know the produce manager and/or the butcher at your local store. They can tell you what's in season or what will be on sale soon. Meal plan accordingly.
5. Buy in Bulk. Shopping the bulk bins allows you to purchase the exact amount for your particular needs. There's no need to spend extra or something you won't use. Plus most items are much less expensive when purchased by the ounce.