Does eating healthy really cost you more? Well, a recent study published in this months British Medical Journal says yes.

The study analyzed price and food information from over 10 countries and found people that ate a healthier diet consisting of rich fruits and veggies, nuts, lean proteins and fish spend about $1.50 more than those that ate a less healthy diet of processed foods, fatty meats and refined grains.
That $1.50 a day adds up to an additional $550 dollars per person each year, which can be costly for families on a tight budget.
The US Department of Agriculture has some tips on how you can eat healthy on a budget. They suggest you…

  • Create a monthly food budget and write out your grocery list to avoid overspending.
  • Use online and newspaper coupons to cut costs.
  • Avoid name brand food items.
  • Buy in bulk and freeze food items like meat and bread.
  • Buy frozen fruits and vegetables. Most have the same nutritional benefits as their fresh counterparts.
  • Reuse leftovers and incorporate them into new meals AND Go meatless one night a week to save money on buying meat
  • Write out monthly grocery list
  • Use online coupons
  • Avoid name brand food items
  • Buy in Bulk & Freeze
  • Buy frozen Fruits & veggies
  • Reuse leftovers
  • Go Meatless once a week