Let’s face it. When you start a real food diet you’re going to notice a change in your grocery bill.
Organic, pastured, grass-fed food are all very important parts of a real food diet but they cost more than conventional foods. This makes sense considering how much more time and effort go into growing the product without harmful pesticides. However, if your budget simply won’t stretch to cover these items, what’s a person to do? Here are my top 5 real food budgeting tips.
- Meal Plan – Yes, I know. How on earth is a meal plan supposed to help you save money? One, you won’t waste money on produce you don’t end up eating because you bought it in a moment of inspiration. Two, you will know ahead of time what your family is going to eat and this will help you avoid eating out at restaurants.
- Clean 15 – Instead of focusing on eating everything organic, you can purchase foods on the clean 15 list. These are foods have been tested by the EWG and shown to be low on pesticides. Currently on the list are avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, cabbage, sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangos, papayas, kiwi, eggplant, honeydew melon, grapefruit, cantaloupe and cauliflower.
- Maximize lower cost foods in your diet like beans, potatoes, rice. Yes, most of these are carbs but, they are more cost effective. You can also consider doing a meat-less day one a week.
- Keep an organized pantry – The easiest way to burn through money is to keep buying the same spices over and over. Seriously, I have probably 5lbs of cinnamon in my pantry that, yes, will take a good couple of years to go through but I could have spent the money on something else. Keep an inventory of your pantry and make sure to use existing items in your week’s meal plan to help save on costs.
- Shop online! Seriously, the internet not only makes it possible to connect with friends but you can now easily buy real food ingredients for a bargain online. Every online store has great deals for their customers & you can find them assorted on VoucherBin.co.uk, saving yourself from the hassle.
- Take a hard look at your expenses. No ifs ands and butts about it, but what you eat affects your health 100%. Eating a cleaner, real food diet is worth every penny. Cutting your coffee shop habit, drinking fresh clean water instead of juices and sodas, or eating out less will seriously free up money you can put towards eating real food.
- Make a budget. Budgeting is one the best things you can do manage your money. I know. It can seem less than sexy but budgeting will help you discover that you’re spending $200 on coffee shops every month.
- Shop around. I’m guilty of having my favorite grocery store but when I had to make some changed in how much we spent every month on groceries, I started looking at other more discount grocery stores. I am a huge fan of Grocery Outlet as I’ve scored so many amazing real food products at a fraction of the price.
I hope these 8 tips help you on your real food journey. What are your favorite ways to save money on the real food diet?