Ways to Save Money on Healthy Food

11 Jun

Healthy eating isn’t cheap. Grocery stores always have fat-tastic snack foods, high-calorie frozen dinners, sugary drinks and fatty meats like sausage on sale, but aren’t as generous on the deals with healthy food. Everyone who knows me is aware that I am a giant cheapo. I love saving money on absolutely everything that requires me to whip out my American Express card, so obviously it annoys me to no end that I, (El Cheapo, as my boyfriend affectionately refers to me) have to spend a lot on my healthy eating habits. So, if you’re looking for ways to save money on healthy food, you’re going to have to get crafty. And that’s just what I did!

My mom gave me this coupon pendaflex. And yes, I carry it in public on a weekly basis, because it is awesome.

Ways to Save Money on Healthy Eating

  • Hunt for Coupons: Grocery manufacturers seem to want the world to be filled with giant fatties, as most coupons are for foods that will make your waistline expand, but if you look hard enough you can find a few diamonds in the rough. I use coupon clipping services The Coupon Clippers and Coupon Dede to fulfill my couponing needs. For a very small fee, these sites will clip and send you massive amounts of coupons in bulk. All you have to do is choose your coupons and they will appear in your mailbox clipped and ready to go in a matter of days! This is great for saving money on items such as greek yogurt, frozen fish, cottage cheese, organic eggs,protein and granola bars and sometimes even produce.
  • Discount Stores: No one likes going to Wal-Mart, but if you’re looking for ways to save money, you’ll suck it up and buy items there that are cheaper than at your grocery store. I make bi-weekly trips to Wal-Mart, because they sell a few of my favorite products such as Skinny Cow Ice Cream, Emerald Almonds, Gorton’s Salmon and Butterball Reduced Sodium Turkey Bacon for a whole lot cheaper than I can find it at Giant Eagle, my local grocery store. I learned the hard way that you won’t be saving money by doing a full shopping trip for healthy food at Wal-Mart, as it isn’t any cheaper than my grocery store for some items (and they don’t double coupons). So you just have to scout it out and comparison shop.
  • Farmer’s Markets: As you probably already know, it’s crazy hard finding ways to save money on produce. And of course, half my weekly grocery bill is composed of produce. My boyfriend and I recently discovered the art of saving money on produce by shopping at local farmer’s markets. You can seriously cut your grocery bill in half, without having to sacrifice your love of healthy food, by checking out these fun little local events. Not only are you saving money, you’re also supporting a local business. Total win-win situation!

2 Responses to “Ways to Save Money on Healthy Food”

  1. Lauren June 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Buying in bulk (like bulk almonds, quinoa, nuts, grains, etc.)! Also, buying large containers of things (like yogurt) instead of the individual serving size containers.

  2. David Haas June 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I have a question about your blog, do you think you could email me?

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