9 Ways to Eat Well for Less
Saving money on food while still eating healthy is a huge area of focus – both for me and my coaching clients.
These days, I rely on local eggs and veggies for the majority of meals, plus a once-weekly infusion of inexpensive but high-quality fish or meat. My main dessert is a few squares of extra-dark chocolate and a square of hard cheese.
Meals are nutrient dense, delicious...and not outrageously expensive.
In my interview this week with brilliant personal finance blog "The Three Year Experiment," I shared 9 other ways to eat well for less.
(Find them down below too:).
I also spoke about living a location-independent lifestyle – and how this looked in my 20s, 30s and now 40s, including:
- How I created a location-independent career in an unlikely field
- Why it can make sense to change careers in your 30s
- How I survived a tricky situation in my 20s
9 Ways to Eat Well for Less
- Make whole foods your focal point, steering away from anything in boxes or bags. This is cheaper…and healthier!
- Shop local and seasonal. In general, local eggs, meat and produce from small farmers are less expensive and more nutrient dense than store-bought organic (not to mention more flavourful). This is doubly so when store-bought organic is out of season and shipped from remote locations.
- Invest in a slow-cooker. A slow-cooker transforms tougher, cheaper cuts of meat into tender delights. It’s also great for making a large batch of inexpensive soup or stew, whether meat-based or vegetarian.
- Add small inexpensive fish (like sardines) into rotation. Also organic or grass-fed organ meats and “unusual parts” like oxtails and marrow bones. These are true superfoods and unbelievably cheap (plus, a little goes a long way).
- Speaking of “superfoods,” the key really is choosing whole-food ingredients and staying away from extras. If I choose to splurge on something like grass-fed collagen powder, I draw from a special “superfood budget” that I intentionally keep very low.
- Cook up a few staples to have on hand and embrace leftovers. For me, this means making a batch of one or two dishes each Sunday and incorporating them into lunches and dinners during the week. Current go-to’s include: spaghetti squash, cauliflower “rice,” roasted carrots and beets. I lean towards unfussy, recipe-less dishes. But get as fancy as you’d like!
- Pack lunch rather than buying it while out. Crafting a routine is key here: I pack next day’s lunch while preparing dinner.
- Always shop with (and stick to) a list. I like to have a rough plan of the week’s dinners too – nothing super-specific, but a general idea of what I’ll be eating each night. This keeps me from making purchases I’ll regret at the end of a full day.
- Think about why you want to save money. Maybe for travel? Something else? Eating healthy is a huge priority for me, but it doesn’t have to be super-expensive – and I want to save money for other needs and wants! I track my spending and budget each day using You Need A Budget. This has had a transformative impact on my spending and saving habits.
Honestly, this is just a starter list. I have so many more tips to share! Still, these offer a solid start:).
And if you're curious about my location-independent lifestyle, head over to the full interview here.