Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think

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Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think
When people tell you that it's too expensive to eat healthy, tell them that the difference in cost between a nutritious diet and an unhealthy one is just $1.50 a day per person. Do you think that's a big difference or not?  

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i think it is alot .. i am on disability so i get food stamps but i get 225 a month to feed 3 people .. even eating things like mac n cheese and ramen i rarely have enough funds to eat breakfast or lunch and my kid gets free lunch and breakfast at school.... and ppl think why are poor people fat ....this is why cause u can eat a box of mac for a dollar but even making a salad costs more like 5 Report
I certainly understand your frustration, even though we don't have nearly as many mouths to feed in our home. However, you could also qualify like this...

What you feel you may be saving now by purchasing cheaper, less healthy foods you will likely pay in prescriptions and medical bills later on, either for yourself or others in your family. I doubt those costs would be a mere $2,737.50 per year.

My father has a saying that he heard from a sleazy auto mechanic on a TV show once. The saying goes, "Pay me now, pay me later." The point is that regardless of which route you go, you will end up spending the money. The question is, what would you rather spend it for and how much would you rather spend?

I don't mean any of this to sound as if I'm judging your situation, finances or decisions. I don't know what you guys do in your home, so I can't speak to that. What I can say is that I'm a poor...right now what people would consider very poor. I am in school working to fix that, but as of right now I make roughly $900 a month. Who can honestly live off that these days? However, I prioritize my expenses, and I consider my groceries one of the most important expenses. I don't make a lot, but I sacrifice that extra bit of money in order to purchase healthier foods. Sure it hurts when I see the total, but then I think about the fact that at least what I'm doing may mean less trips to the doctor or hospital in the future. I'd rather pay the little bit extra now than a whole LOT extra down the road when I'm up to my ears in medical bills.

What I wish is that we could find a way to make healthier foods more affordable and more accessible. Then families wouldn't have to feel like they need to choose one way or the other. So yeah, I completely agree. It's horrible... Report
I agree with Erin. I immediately did the math too, and for a family of four, eating a healthy diet vs an unhealthy one is $180 extra per month. If that family of four is hurting financially that is a sizable difference.

The ingredients in unhealthy food are subsidized in our country making it cheaper. And that's sad. Families that are struggling then have the added benefit of the poor health that comes from cheap food. Which, let's be honest, we all pay for.

I consider healthy food cheaper personally (I don't feel like I'm spending money on garbage or toxins and most of the time I like the taste better and it makes me feel WAY better), but to make it look cheaper by saying it's only $1.50 more! ..per day per person is kind of misleading. On the other hand, it's misleading for a good cause, sooooooo carry on!

Besides, good food leading to good health is cheaper than paying for medical expenses that come with bad health later on. Report
9 easy tips hit home with me, I am not a happy person between November and February, even here in the Sunshine State I get depressed . So I will keep this article close to me. Report
I did some math. $1.50 a day doesn't sound like much. But I have five people in my family. $1.50 a day per person adds up to $7.50 per day for the family. Which is more than $50 a week-- $2737.50 per year. That is a lot of money. More than $200 per month more than what I would pay for an "unhealthy" diet-- however we qualify that. So yeah, I think it's a lot. And I think it is kind of horrible. Report
Great blog. That sound sovtrue. Report
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