From the Compass: Nutrition Month 2024

Eat Healthy on a Budget

Healthy eating is important at every age—and can be done on a budget. Here are some tips.

Plan, plan, plan.

Plan your meals for the week based on your food budget, and make a grocery list that includes staples and perishables. Save money by buying only what you need.

Compare similar products.

Locate the “unit price” on the shelf sticker near the item price. Compare different brands and sizes for the best money-saving option.

Stretch your food dollars.

Add beans and canned or frozen vegetables to bulk up your meals, and make your food dollars go farther. You will reap the benefits of extra fiber, vitamins, and nutrients while feeling full.

Grow your own in your home.

Grow herbs like basil and oregano inside your home for a fraction of the price. Small gardens can be grown on a windowsill or a kitchen counter.

Buy in bulk.

Save money by buying larger quantities of foods that store well, like whole grains, canned or dried beans, and frozen vegetables. Don’t overbuy foods that you will throw out later.

Look for on-sale produce.

Grocery stores rotate their sales and buying what is on sale is a great way to save money and get variety. Do the same with frozen and canned items.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), MyPlate. (n.d.). Eat healthy on a budget. Retrieved January 18, 2022, from https://www.myplate.govChasque aquí para la versión Española.