Hi Young & Free Michigan!
Recently my husband and I have made some changes in our diet. We are not health freaks, but we haven't eaten pork, poultry or beef and have had little dairy intake for about 4 weeks now! On this new eating adventure we have discovered plenty of delicious alternatives. Making this change was easier than I expected it to be, and we have saved money doing it! But 5 Guys was tempting me the other day!
How can we be saving money when we are now buying hipster meat and dairy alternatives, and tons of produce. Well, simply put, we are eating out less! For the past four weeks we have eaten out about once or twice a week and usually get sushi or chipotle, (we can usually split a bowl).
This blog is in no way telling you to cut meat out of your diet, I'm simply letting you know that making healthy changes might be less expensive than you think. We even went to Whole Foods and picked up a basket full of essentials! We were pleasantly surprised that it cost less than a dinner out!
Here are some tips I have personally used for thrifty eating/ grocery shopping;
- Coupon when you can
- Buy Frozen Veggies (Add garlic and soy sauce for more flavor!)
- Buy fresh fruit, grapes, strawberries and bananas for yummy snacks or dessert alternatives!
- Buy salad fixings and use the mason jar salad technique! Make all your lunches at once!
- Always have corn tortillas, canned re-fried (veggie) beans and jalapenos (Because tostadas are always the answer.)
- Avoid buying fresh veggies you know you won't eat before they go bad!
- ALWAYS have salsa and hummus in the house.
- Buy carbonated water to help avoid drinking tons and tons of soda. (You can add flavor to it with OJ or lemons, or even energy shots, like mio, or XS)
- Never run out of peanut butter. NEVER.
-Also, I downloaded a cool app. this week, "Snap" by Groupon. You basically earn money for buying products! I'm excited to start using it! You should check it out!
Those were random tips, but they are things that work for me and help save me money! I am not a nutritionist and I don't know it all, but I do know that my body has been responding very well to this change!
What I am trying to let you know is that by setting boundaries, giving yourself goals and having support you can make some positive changes in life to make your wallet full and your belly full!
Keeping it Fresh, Young & Free,