Eating healthy doesn't have to break the bank. You can put great foods in your body and, at the same time, maintain your budget. Here's how:
1) Make it at home: We spend 49 percent of our food budget eating out. It can be 2 to 4 times more expensive to buy a meal out than it is to fix it yourself. Too, when you make a dish at home, you know what's in it.
2) Use bulk bins: Buying beans, whole grains and other non-perishables from bulk bins will save you an average of 56 percent over buying prepackaged foods.
3) Plan your meals: Entering the grocery store without a plan, especially when you're hungry, can be a recipe for overspending and splurging on junk foods you might not normally buy. Write out a meal plan/store list and follow it exactly.
4) Cook in quantity: You can freeze extras for convenient instant meals, or create meal-sharing arrangements with friends or co-workers.
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