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Eat Healthy on the Cheap

Quick tips to start your journey, eating beautifully for $36 per week (that's about $5 per day!)

Healthy Eating for $36 a Week

With specialty food stores and going organic, eating your best can come at a high price. Luckily, there are tons of actions you can take to not fall into this food trap. It all comes down to planning ahead.

I've compiled the tips you need to get on your way to a week of eating beautifully for $36. That's averaging just over $5 per day, and $1.70 per meal! You can check your progress with the Eat Pretty Quiz. To start eating pretty for cheap, get your shopping list and the day-by-day menu.

MORE: All you need to Eat Pretty!

  • To get the best value in the food world, start buying in bulk. Bagged apples are cheaper than individual apples and a case of chickpeas at a warehouse store (for fabulous hummus you can make at home) will cost much less than an individual can from your local grocery store.
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    Keep a list and plan ahead. You’ve got the menu, now make the list (and stick to it). Budget experts say that making a list and sticking to it can help save you hundreds of a dollars a year on your grocery store bill. Making a list helps in the avoidance of the “impulse” purchases we end up making for products we don’t really need.
  • Look for (and only take advantage of) the healthiest grocery deals. Dried beans, nuts, whole grains, lean meats and dairy, and herb products and produce are items that you’ll want to stock up on when a sale occurs in your local store. Meats and whole grain products can be easily frozen for use at a later date.
  • Buy generic. In taste tests, consumers rarely tell the difference between the generic options and their brand name favorites. Remember, the most important aspect of your item should be avoidance of the five food felons.

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