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Healthy Eating on a Budget

With the price of food rising, eating healthily while trying to stick to a budget can be challenging. But with a little planning and some useful tips, buying and preparing delicious healthy food on a budget is not as hard as it may seem.

Follow these top tips for healthy eating on a budget:

  • Buy fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season.
    • Try frozen or canned vegetables (no added salt) as these may be cheaper than fresh and will keep for longer avoiding food spoiling.
    • Try to have at least one vegetarian meal each week using eggs or lentils.
    • Buy generic brands (‘no name,’ ‘home brand,’ etc) where possible.
    • Add some canned beans, lentils (or other legumes) to mince dishes or stews, to make the meal go further.
    • Drink water instead of juice or sweetened drinks – it’s free!
    • Stop and think if you really need the novelty packaging. If you don’t need the storage container then try to pick the foods in plain packaging.
    • Don’t shop when you are hungry. You are more likely to buy things you don’t need.
    • Buy block cheese and grate it yourself.
    • Buy all the basic foods such as breads, dairy, fruit, vegetables, cereals and meats first before considering snack foods.
    • Freeze leftovers for other meals or lunches.
    • Make your own custards and milk-based desserts, using low fat milk and limit the added sugar.
    • Plan. Know how you will use what you buy, how much, and when.
    • Only buy what you need.
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