How Healthy Eating Can Improve Your Finances

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Image courtesy of Michael

There are many people that think that eating healthily is really expensive and that it is not possible to do on a small income. However, there are many ways that you can make you diet healthier and save money.

Firstly, many of us snack between meals. We may eat sweets, chocolate, cake, biscuits or other things between meals which are just not necessary. Cut those out completely and you will reduce the expense of those. There is no need to snack and so you will not need to replace them with anything else. You can also cut out puddings, these are another unnecessary addition which are usually very unhealthy and unnecessary.

By cooking foods from scratch you can save a lot of money and make meals healthier. Reduce how much you eat out, buy take away food and ready meals and cook for yourself. You can cook in batches and freeze things so you do not have to cook every day and it can be a lot of fun. There are cook books out there with budget meals so you can learn how to shop carefully buying the cheaper items to use in your meals.

One thing to be careful of is super foods. These are really expensive and they are not necessarily healthier than other alternatives. The term super food is just used by marketing people as an excuse to charge more for their food and it does not actually mean anything much. The foods may be advertised as being high in certain nutrients but if you compare them with other foods, you will find that there are cheaper alternatives that are just as high. If you eat a balanced diet, then you will get all of the nutrients that you need anyway. You can use the Internet to find out more about the nutrient content of superfoods and to see what alternatives you can buy to get the same hit of nutrients if you really want to have a diet high in those particular things.

It is always wise to look out for special offers on food, but it is even wiser to be very careful. Often special offers can be on junk food and so you may pay less but for something that you may not have normally eaten or that is not healthy. Therefore make sure that you check carefully before buying and make sure that you are not just getting it because it is cheap rather than because it is healthy.

If you swap brand or supermarket you may find that you can get cheaper food. You may not be keen on doing this because of the quality of the food. However, if you are cooking form scratch then you may find that the ingredients that you need are not that different between different places. It will depend on exactly what you are buying, but it is worth a look to see whether you can save money and still get the same quality of products.

 

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Rachel Henderson is a professional freelance writer from the UK. She writes on many subjects but specialises in personal finance. As well as contributing to various blogs and websites she has her own website tracking her own money making process http://www.turnonepoundintoonemillion.com and sells her books through http://www.bowbridgepublishing.com.

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