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Healthy Frugal Food Tips & Frugal Eating

If you’re like me, it is important that you and your family are eating healthy. At the same time, we want to save money on our grocery bills. I have some tips that will combine the best of both worlds. You can eat healthy while saving money with some simple and healthy frugal food choices.

We have become a nation of waste! I have taken notice as to how much food we waste in our home and quite honestly, I am embarrassed.

If you are a college student living on a tight budget, a single mother trying to make ends meet or a family that is tired of wasting and throwing away money, I have come up with some tips that work.

I don’t know about you, but with the ever-growing prices at the grocery store, I can use all the help I can get. I also don’t want to sacrifice eating healthy to save money.

Healthy Frugal Food Tips

Eat More Veggies

Meat can be one of the most expensive items on our grocery list, especially if you serve meat every day (more so if you fix it with every meal). I suggest that you cut out some of the meat. Cutting out meat is a smart frugal eating idea.

You really don’t need to have meat with every meal. Not only will this save you money, but it is also much healthier for you.  We need to eat less meat and more fruits, vegetables, and nuts, etc. Just remember that frugal food choices and simple living is all about living a healthier lifestyle.

If you have a garden, you are way ahead of the game! You can grow many vegetables that your family eats on a regular basis.  This can save you so much money.

Even if you think you don’t have the space for a garden, you can have a tomato plant or two in pots on your patio. Tomatoes are so expensive and with the current scare over tainted tomatoes, you will know yours are safe. Or perhaps you have a spot for a little-raised garden bed.

Even if you don’t have a garden, you can shop for your veggies and fruits smarter. Always buy them when they are in season.  This way you will be buying locally from local growers and produce in season is cheaper.

Keep It Fresh

Frugal food is all about wasting less. Keep in mind that when we throw away food, we are throwing away money. We’ve become accustomed to throwing away food that is slightly stale or doesn’t look its freshest.

My parents and especially my grandparents didn’t waste food. And I’m getting myself into this mindset of ‘waste not, want not’ mentality.

I have to work on my husband though because whatever the date is on food, is the last day he wants to eat it. He is coming around, smelling and looking at food to see if it smells or looks bad before tossing it.

Here are a few tips on how to keep certain fresh foods fresher…

Fresh Food Tips

Speaking of leftovers…

Some Leftover Tips

Pro tip: Containers – invest in a few screw top or metal clamp bottles to store your homemade condiments, dressings, etc. in. It is much cheaper to make your own, and you know its all fresh ingredients without all the preservatives added.

Here are some of my favorite glass storage containers:


Finally, you can find frugal food at your grocery if you buy store brands instead of the name brands and look in your stores reduced prices sections.

Usually, the only reason they are reduced is the packaging has been dented, or the sale by date is for that day. Remember you can prepare meals ahead of time, so if you find a great deal on say beef cubes, for example, you can go ahead and make beef stew or soup and it that day and freeze the leftovers. Frugal eating at its finest.

I hope you find these tips useful and helping you to become a more frugal consumer, less wasteful and healthier eaters.

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