It's completely backwards to think that healthy food costs more. If you eat whole foods and basics, it's way cheaper!
Grain, flours and sugars, granola, pulses, beans, cereals, oatmeal, spices: Buy bulk and use reusable jars instead of the baggies at the store. Get dried beans instead of canned. If you can't find bulk spices, try an international grocery store.
Produce: Join a CSA (even split a share with neighbors), volunteer at a farm in exchange for produce, grow your own veggies, buy the slightly overripe stuff in the discount bin, buy what's in season, don't buy pre-cut, get frozen stuff during the winter months.
Meat: Don't eat it! Simple as that. It's not necessary in any way.
Look on company's websites--they often have printable coupons or will mail you coupons for free.
Don't buy processed food or junk food!
Use reusable water bottles instead of bottled water (even if you have bad tap water, filters are an inexpensive one-time investment with low maintenance cost).
For refreshment that's a little more fun than plain water, float orange slices, lemon slices, mint, or cucumber in a big water jug and chill it for a day before drinking it.
Instead of buying the gourmet sodas and spritzers, just get a container of fruit juice and mix it with club soda.
I second bringing your own bags! :-)
- 7/18/2008 2:45:45 PM