As I write this, the country is faced with much uncertainty.
The Coronavirus is spreading. The stock market is sinking, and fear is growing. And yet, it's times like these that we should take control of what we can. It's a waste of energy to worry about the rest.
At my house, that means we'll continue to eat good healthy food, while tightening our purse strings a bit.
So here are three ways to eat well while keeping a close eye on what you spend.
1. Watch What You Waste
According to the American Chemistry Council, the average American throws out $640 worth of food every year. (That’s $3,200 in five years!)
So, simply start by paying attention to your food. First, remember that the expiration date is a suggestion, not a rule. Then, use your own judgment when deciding what’s not good anymore.
Other great ways to waste less include rotating leftovers, freezing extras, cleaning out the fridge at the end of the week, and meal planning based on WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE before buying more at the store.
2. Cook at Home More Often
Possibly the best way to eat healthy food on a budget?
Cook at home (from whole ingredients) as often as possible. This is made easiest by having a meal plan and a few SUPER easy meals that you can make at a moment’s notice. In our house, a chicken sausage and pepper skillet is ready in minutes!
3. Buy in Bulk
Costco and Sam’s Clubs are incredible stores to save money on healthier goods. At Costco, we buy in bulk with lots of organic options (that are often cheaper than non-organic at other stores).
Then, if it’s a large snack item like apple chips, we’ll just divide it out into smaller bag portions for the kids to take to school. Warehouses are great places to find healthy snacks for kids!
Like these tips? Read more here for 17 Smart Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget
When faced with uncertainty, we have two choices. Succumb to the herd mentality and panic. Or remain steadfast and positive. Then, focus on what we have control over, like the food we eat and the money that we save. Remember, how we react in hard situations is what matters.