With many Australians struggling with the cost of living right now and looking for ways to reduce the cost of their food bill just to get by, we thought it would be timely to share some top tips that you can do to save money while still eating healthy.
Research tells us that eating five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit each day will give us more energy, help maintain weight and reduce our risk of cancer. The best part is, eating healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Cancer Council Victoria’s LiveLighter program has some great tips to help families stretch their grocery budget without having to cut back on meals or buy less fruit and vegetables.
Here are the top 5 things you can do to save money and eat well…
Cook at home – create easy meals using low cost, readily available ingredients with budget friendly recipes available on our Boost Your Budget page.
Create a weekly meal plan and shopping list and stick to it. Buying what you need helps you save time, money, cut down on food waste and prioritise healthy options.
Choose frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables, they can be more affordable, last longer and are just as nourishing. They are a great addition to your kitchen and pantry staples. If choosing tinned fruits, avoid those in syrup to minimise added sugar.
Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season. If you prefer to opt for fresh produce, choose those that are in season as they are often more affordable and in greater supply.
Choose cheaper cuts of meat or swap out meat for protein alternatives like eggs, beans, legumes, tofu or tinned tuna.
Download the Boost your Budget 4-week challenge that can help you save money, by meal planning and bringing your lunch to work. Plus, check out the blogs on the website to help you avoid supermarket tactics that are designed to make you spend more money.