eat healthy on a budget

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget


By: K.H. Smith

When it comes to frugal eating, healthy food is sometimes compromised for cheaper foods.  For most of us budget savvy shoppers, we want to feed our family healthy foods, but for less money.  How can you do this?  Organic foods, fruits, vegetables, and meats are all expensive items on a grocery list.  I will not claim to always have the cheapest grocery list, but I try to find a good balance between eating frugally and eating healthy foods.  As a family of 3, we spend about $100-$125 per week on groceries.  We eat a lot of organic fruits and veggies, mostly organic meats, and very few starches like pasta and rice. We also eat at home for almost every meal.  On average, we eat out 1x per month, so the savings can be used to buy better food for home. Here is how my family and I eat healthy on a budget!

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Chicken taco chili

Chicken Taco Chili Recipe


By: K.H. Smith

This is my go-to cold rainy day meal.  Chicken Taco Chili is easy to make, and even my picky-eater son will eat it! You can prepare it on the stove top, but I prefer to use the crock pot. It takes very little prep and it will warm you up for sure! Just throw in the ingredients around lunchtime and by dinner it is done and for an added bonus your house will smell wonderful!

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Eating at Home

Eat At Home Challenge


By:  K.H. Smith

 

Eating at home is a great way to cut expenses!  However, if you don’t like to cook, or don’t feel that you have time to cook, the idea of eating at home is less appealing.  I know how you feel! I am not a great cook, nor do I love prepping and cooking all day.  However, I AM a fan of saving money and I also like the added benefit of eating healthier that can come with eating at home. Below are some tips that have helped me enjoy cooking a bit more, as well as some easy recipe ideas that have lessened the stress of daily home cooking.

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Favorite Crock Pot Recipes


By: K.H. Smith

Some meals do require more prep than others.  You can choose to use all fresh ingredients, or use cheats, like canned or frozen ingredients.  I won’t judge!

 

If you search the web there really are amazing ways to use your crock pot to prepare dinner, desserts, drinks, and even breakfast! Some of the ideas are a little too far-fetched for me to try, but I digress. I have put together a few delicious crockpot meals to try. Note the variety of flavors you can cook in a crock pot, and this is just the tip of the iceburg!  Add some of these to your meal rotation. Make a larger batch for leftovers or freeze for a meal next week.  The weather has been perfect for a warm savory dinner at home!

Bon Appetit!

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eat healthy on a budget

Trim Your Budget and Waistline


By: K.H. Smith

 

There are budgeting tips that do more than trim your spending, they can help you trim your waistline!  Some of our bad eating habits cost us money and by cutting some of these out, you may even lose a few pounds! Who doesn’t love that? Here are some ways to trim both your budget and waistline!

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