The misconception that eating healthy can be very expensive has a way to stop many people from taking the first steps towards practicing cleaner eating habits. However, that is not true at all! There are many easy ways one can stay on budget while shopping for healthy foods that are delicious and very filling, and we’re talking about tasty items that won’t even make you feel like you’re on a diet.

We all know that with any task, it’s always best to plan ahead. The same idea applies for preparing healthy meals. Make a list of items you need before you go grocery shopping so that you know exactly what to look for. This is an effective way to shop quickly and also not buy any unhealthy junk food. Also, never shop when you are hungry!  You will tend to pick up items that you don’t actually need or are unhealthy.

When shopping for ingredients, don’t think that every healthy meal must include only organic produce. It’s okay to not always buy organic and sometimes this would not even make a difference! Always look for bargains, especially at your local farmer’s markets. Buy foods in bulk especially when you know those specific foods are going to be on sale. Try going to ethnic shops since foods sold there are cheaper than what you might find at a big supermarket. Here’s an infographic by Kool Smiles that offers a run-down on additional tips to make it easier to shop healthy on a budget:

Another way to save money is to start cooking more for yourself instead of eating out. Not only is this healthier and less expensive, you might even explore your hidden talent! Consider meal prepping every week so that it saves you time by allowing you to cook beforehand. If you have leftovers after you are done cooking, avoid throwing it out, and see if it can be repurposed into a new dish. The next time you go grocery shopping, be sure to use these tips and techniques to save money while enjoying the many benefits of the clean eating lifestyle!