Eat well and save money – a win-win lifestyle. But, it’s also way easier said than done and the task can seem daunting. Who has time to cook every meal? And isn’t organic, fresh food more expensive? Fortunately, there are many ways to overcome those challenges. You’ve heard the benefits of eating healthy (and of budgeting) countless times, so we’ll spare you those. Instead, here are some tips that can help you actually put your “stop eating out” plan in action:
- Delete Skip the Dishes and UberEats. Crazy and radical, yes. But this is such a simple step with huge benefits. The delivery fees on these apps (on top of already expensive restaurant meals) can add up and wreak havoc on your budget. Plus, the average take-out meal packs more than 1,000 calories.
- Don’t overthink meal prepping. Your favorite insta-model may make meal prepping seem like a full day event with hundreds of plastic containers and hours spent slaving over the stove. Not true. Dedicate just a small part of your Sunday afternoon to grilling chicken, hard boiling eggs, prepping whole-grain rice and cutting up veggies.
- Bring your lunch to work. Leftovers, meal-prepped items, homemade smoothies and salads – these are all great options. Avoid the work cafeteria and ordering takeout with your co-workers to save money and your waistline.
- Stock your desk and work fridge with healthy snacks. You’ll be less likely to grab a pricey muffin on your afternoon coffee run if you are satiated from the almonds, Greek yogurt, or veggies you keep on hand.
- Buy in-season produce. Fresh fruits and veggies, especially organic ones, often come with a hefty price tag. However, the in-season options at your local co-op or farmer’s market are usually more reasonable.
- Do research. Compare prices and shop around. Yes eating healthy can be expensive if you just go to the closest grocery store and buy every organic item you see. But, a little planning can go a long way. Cut coupons, seek out sales, and shop at multiple stores (hello, Instacart).
- Get creative. If you have the same bland chicken and broccoli every night, those delivery apps will be back on your phone before you know it. Ask friends for new recipes and spend some time on Pinterest to avoid healthy food fatigue. If you have a work buddy also trying to eat healthy and save money, suggest taking turns making lunch for each other.