Eating healthy is on everyone’s list but once you have a limited budget, it can seem really difficult to maintain a healthy diet while sticking to the budget one has. The wordplay here is ‘it seems’, it isn’t necessarily true, provided you know the tips and tricks to spend thoughtfully and consume mindfully.

While juggling between working and eating healthy, I have learnt a lot through personal experience and through this article I am going to share things that worked for me and can work for you as well.

I’ll be very honest, when I started living all by myself, I ended up spending a lot initially to stick to healthy eating but it was getting difficult as cooking seemed a real task especially because I was working full time. Since I was new to buying groceries, I never knew how to differentiate between my needs and wants and this added a lot more than required to the bill. Despite spending more than necessary, I always had to make a number of rounds back and forth to the grocery shop and my spending kept increasing. It was after a few months that I finally gave up and decided to create a budget. It was difficult to stick to that too for some time. I used to overspend but there was a satisfaction and relief that I was finally saving something. There was a decline in the amount I used to spend before setting up a budget. This leads to my very first point of eating healthy.

Create a Budget

This has to be the prerequisite if you are considering sticking to a budget, create one for yourself. Don’t be extreme on yourself especially when you are just starting out but try to write down all the expenditures and possible expenses of a month and allot a specific amount that you believe would be enough for everything. Give yourself a window in case you exhaust the budget, there should be a small window that is acceptable in case of an emergency or situation. In this budget you are supposed to include fruits and vegetables, grains, milk and dairy products, eggs and meat, bread and spreads.

Buy Grains and Spices in Bulk

While you are creating your budget, even though you will include the expected expenses of grains, make sure you buy grains such as oats, rice, lentils, beans, flour, quinoa, tea, coffee, salt, pepper, spices and sugar in bulk so that you avoid spending on  these items every month. Grains and spices can be stored for a long time and bought in bulk. It is better to spend once every 3 months than purchasing small portions every month. Buying in bulk will save you money.

Prefer Local Over Brand

When it comes to buying vegetables and fruits, prefer purchasing fresh stuff from a local farmer as it would cost you less than buying the same thing from a store. If purchasing from a store is your only option then rather than picking up fresh fruits and vegetables, opt for frozen, precut fruits and vegetables with no added preservatives. It is a misconception that canned products are expensive, it’s actually the fresh food that is expensive especially when it is out of season.

Don’t Purchase Packaged Food

It is always better to not buy packaged, processed food that is unhealthy, such as chips, chocolate chip biscuits, instant noodles, chocolates and anything that is ready to serve. Not only is it healthy but super tempting. It is difficult to avoid these especially when you are shopping empty stomach.

Stick to Cheaper Alternatives

This is a big one. No matter how much something tempts you, if there is something with the same nutritional value, stick to the cheaper one. The most common example of this one is milk. Like for me, when I finally got a chance to be my own boss when it came to buying groceries, I instantly switched from normal milk to almond milk. Only to realize that it was extremely expensive. But to continue with veganism, I decided to shift from almond to Soy milk instead of going back to normal milk. That way I was consuming better milk without getting a hole in my pocket.

Buy Better Supplements

I am always advocating about consuming supplements, from vitamins and minerals to sleep gummies, I consume everything. I made a decision back in the days to purchase supplements that served multiple purposes rather than getting one supplement for one mineral each. That way, not only was I saving a significant amount on supplements, I was getting a lot of nutrients, vitamins and minerals from limited pills. Additionally, I even switched from mediocre brands to best brands and that way I had a control over my consumption which made the bottles last longer.

Here is the list of the best Delta 8 brands that I have been using and still swear by.