Eating healthy is something that most of us struggle with, after all who doesn’t love a good piece of cake? But did you know that changing what you eat can affect not only your health but your wallet? You can get skinnier as your wallet gets a little fatter. Now this may sound a little off since part of the reason why we eat McDonalds (over a farm-to-table restaurant) is because fast food is cheap where fresh foods are not. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be achieved in other ways. If you’re searching for simple ways to save money, start by eating smart.

Eat smart by packing your lunch

For starters, bringing your lunch to work will save you money and calories. When you buy food out you are paying for the cost of the food, the salary of the people working and cooking and the profit that the restaurant is making. Whereas when you bring a healthy lunch of leftovers or fruit and a sandwich to work it will cost you much less. With this you have not only saved money by doing it yourself, but now you know what exactly is in the food that you are eating.

Eat smart with having “Meatless Monday’s”

This is a highly underrated way to change your diet with a lot of beneficial consequences. You can find protein through other means such as beans, nut, or even less commonly thought of foods such as brussels sprouts. There are so many reason for having one day a week without meat.

  • Meat is expensive so having a “Meatless Monday” can save you money
  • It is good for the environment. The amount of water that it takes to grow enough grass to feed cows alone in monstrous.
  • It’s a healthy choice. While not everybody benefits from going full vegetarian, many people find that they feel better, less hungry and more stable when they eat less meat. If none of these are good enough reasons, there’s also the fact that it will force you to change up some of your meals and try something new. Who knows, perhaps you will like it once you’ve tried it.

Eat smart by planning ahead

This tip has two major components to it that will save you money.

  1. Make a grocery list at before you go to the store and stick to it .We have all gone to the grocery store hungry and left with far too much food before. But by making a list you can make sure that you get everything that you need, which means no second trip to the store this week, and you won’t get the extra cookies or ice cream that you may be craving as you walk through.
  2. Plan out dinners for the week.  Keep your schedule in mind and you will find that you can avoid wasting food because you already know when and what you will cook. No more recipes where the tomato is bad before you cook it. This will also help you to avoid going out to dinner every week. While that may sound like a small thing consider how much more expensive it is to take the family out for pizza than it is to make a nice chicken salad or tortilla soup at home. Yes it may be more work, but if you plan for it in your day you can save hundreds on food expenses and even more in calories. 

Eat smart by having a leftover night

Similar to planning, consider having a left over night. If you have a big family, you understand how hard it may be to get portions right. But with a left over night in the books that is no longer a worry. This is a particularly great idea if you have a night where everybody ends up eating at different times. They will have to reheat their food either way, so why not have it set up so you can choose when and what you eat. Instead of throwing out perfectly delicious food and having to by ingredients for another meal you can eat what you already made.

Eat smart by drinking water

This is pretty straight forward. When is comes down to it water is cheaper (comes from a tap for practically nothing compared to everything else) and is quite a bit healthier. People who are dieting have a tendency to forget about the calories in there drinks. Soda can have almost 200 calories in one can and people drink it like its water. By drinking water throughout the day you will stay healthier feel better and be less tempted by the high sugar and high calorie drinks like soda.

There are many ways to save money when it comes to your diet, and it does not mean that you have to eat junk food all the time. You can get healthy and save money at the same time. Who doesn’t want that for themselves and their families? Simple actions like cutting meat out of one meal or planning your grocery shopping will help you build good habits, save money, and gain health. Still searching for more ways to save money? Visit Plymouth Rock Energy for additional cost-cutting ideas.