How to Be Healthy and Not be Broke

Uber: $15
Dinner: $30
Drinks: $50
Complaining that you don’t have any money to eat healthy: Priceless

You want to eat healthy but you think it is too expensive. Maybe you are frugal (I know I am) but what are you saving by not spending the extra time and money to eat healthy? If you go to Chipotle or Panera for lunch or dinner at least once a week and you still think you can’t afford to have a balanced diet, then it is time to prioritize your spending. I am not implying that you should never go out to drink or eat meals ever again. I am simply shedding light on the fact that it is easier to make excuses than to take the time to step back and look at your habits.

Let’s break it down and look at what you could use the money you typically spend on eating out or coffee during the week.

Here is my receipt from my last trip to the grocery store:

You can see that I bought protein, lots of veggies and some whole grain carbs, some of which will take me two weeks to finish. I even bought healthy ice cream treats as well. Altogether, it cost me $50.00. Fifty dollars for a week's worth of lunches and dinner!! That is what you spend in drinks because we both know that no one goes out and buys just one drink.

Now that we have put to rest the excuses, here are tips for your next grocery trip:

Organic vs. Non-Organic

In California, especially in San Diego, we take into account organic versus non-organic. Stick to buying organic produce if you can afford to do so. If you have recently graduated college and are trying to pay your loans like me, then click here for a guide of the top 12 fruits and veggies that you should definitely buy organic. Like the article states, some produce have been found to have higher contamination.

Buying bulk

Buying certain items in bulk can save time and money in the long run. For example, I buy egg whites and cottage cheese at Costco or raw nuts at Sprouts. If you are cooking for more than one person or you know you can eat a large amount before the expiration date, then buying bulk is a great option!

Saving money is great but tending to your health is just as important. Take a look at how you spend your money each week and ask yourself where your priorities lie.