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How to Eat Well on a Budget

There was a time in my life when I had to learn how to stretch my dollar. At that point I didn't realize that experience was going to let me assist you right now. Funny how life works. This is what I did:

  • Create a budget. First month save all your grocery and other food receipts or write costs in a small notebook for one month. This will give you an idea of how much you spend on food each month. Set your budget.

  • Create a shopping list so you stay focused in the store and avoid getting distracted by foods you really do not need.

  • Skip buying the processed, packaged, frozen foods. Make your own crackers, chips and home-made meals you can freeze.

  • Avoid eating out, make food at home or bring snacks from home when you are out. This one really helped me save. I noticed that my self and others would go out and eat even though there was plenty enough food to make a whole-some meal at home. Okay if you really enjoy eating outside of home, cut back to 1x/month or split the meal with a friend = split the cost. Most of the time restaurants serve a plate for one that's really for two.

  • Buy organic vegetables and fruits that are on SALE!

  • Slowly, stock your kitchen with glass jars of dried beans, grains, and two different kinds of nuts/seeds (split mung beans, quinoa, gluten free oatmeal, black rice, almonds, pumpkin seeds) Rice + quinoa & rice + beans = complete protein add veggies and you are good to go!

  • Always have ginger, garlic, and onions. These three make a wonder base to any meal you make.

  • Grow your own herb garden: basil, parsley, rosemary, cilantro. Most herbs are low maintenance, easy to grow and pack much flavor into meals. If you love to garden grow some veggies too :)!

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