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  • on 14.04.2010
  • at 11:09 AM
  • by Jessy Troy

Healthy Food Is Too Expensive: Busting the Myth


*This is a guest post by very awesome Heather*

healthy food inexpensiveI hear two things all the time in regards to healthy living and coupon shopping: Either people complain they can’t eat well because it costs too much or they can’t use coupons because they like to eat healthy. I’m here to bust the myths, since my family does both!

Coupons are only for processed junk

This is probably one of the biggest myths surrounding couponing. Sure, you’ll find a lot of coupons for boxed goods, canned goods and snack foods. You’ll also find tons of coupons for health& beauty items, organic foods, frozen foods and, yes, even fresh meat or produce! My girls love when the Cuties coupon comes out – clementines are a huge hit at our house.

If you want to save even more on healthy or organic foods, watch for coupons from Earthbound Farms, Nature’s Best and Horizon. Sign up for the Mambo Sprouts coupons – each quarter, you’ll receive a booklet in the mail for your favorite healthy brands. You can even print several coupons on their website, in between mailings.

Fresh food costs more

Partly true – fresh food will be priced higher than boxed goods, but you can watch for sales & coupons to keep your costs down. Be sure to look at frozen produce as well. It is frozen at the peak of freshness, typically with no preservatives. Buying fruits & vegetables in the freezer section is a great way to save money while you enjoy your favorites outside of their season.

One of the easiest ways to lower your food budget is to plan your weekly meals around sales at the store. If you decide on a meal, then go out to buy the ingredients, you’re likely to be way over budget on your groceries. However, if you pay attention to sales & seasons to choose recipes based on what is readily available at a discount, you can drastically cut your budget.

I have to buy all organic food

Okay, this one is a personal preference, and I’m not about to tell you it’s wrong! However, there are ways to cut back just a bit if you really need to lower your budget. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named 12 foods most likely to retain pesticides (apples/pears, peaches/nectarines, celery, cherries, strawberries, grapes, spinach, potatoes, bell peppers and raspberries).

Focusing on these produce items will provide the most benefit for your body & wallet. They have also listed 12 items least likely to be contaminated after harvest (asparagus, avocado, banana, broccoli/cauliflower, corn, kiwi, mango/papaya, onion, pineapples and sweet peas), if you want to skip the expensive organics for thicker skinned fruits & veggies.

Eating well doesn’t have to be expensive. A watchful eye can keep your fridge & pantry stocked with healthy favorites for less than a typical shopper. Plan ahead, clip coupons and think carefully about each purchase.  It will be healthier for the body and wallet!

Heather Sokol is a married mother of 3 beautiful, active girls. In between carpool, serving healthy meals and other miscellaneous mom jobs, she’s sharing her secrets for doing it all inexpensively.

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