It’s no secret that following a healthy diet can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to save money on food that are also eco-friendly.
Here are a few of our favorite tips:
Shop at local farmers’ markets
Not having food transported from other regions means you not only get great prices on fresh produce, but you’ll also be supporting your local community and you cut your food miles.
Eating fruits and vegetables that are in season is a great way to save money and help the environment. It’s also a great way to experience new flavors.
Try vegetarian meals
Meat is often the most expensive part of a meal, so switching to vegetarian dishes can help you save money without compromising on taste or nutrition.
Grow your own fruits and vegetables
If you have the space, growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money on food and reduce your environmental impact.
Plan your meals
When you plan your meals ahead of time and make a grocery list based on what you want to cook, you will likely stay focused when you go shopping and avoid buying unnecessary items. Wondering how this is eco-friendly? Think about how much planning ahead helps you avoid unsustainable consumption practices.
Buy in bulk
When you buy food in bulk, you not only save money (consider the discounts you can get), but you also reduce the amount of packaging that ends up in landfills.
Avoid pre-packaged foods
Not only are pre-packaged foods more expensive than home-cooked meals, but they’re usually less healthy and more environmentally damaging.
Cook from scratch
Cooking from scratch is not only cheaper than buying pre-packaged, processed foods, but it’s also more nutritious and environmentally friendly. For example, you can reduce your carbon foodprint by forgoing the packaging and processing.
Cook at home instead of eating out
This is not to say that you can’t go out sometimes, but let’s face it, eating out can be pretty expensive. Cooking at home regularly is a great way to save money and enjoy some healthy, wholesome, nutritious food.
Use leftovers to create new meals
Anyone for a black bean burger? Black beans are a great source of protein and are very inexpensive. You can also freeze them for later use. Simply combine them with breadcrumbs, an egg, and your favorite spices, shape them into patties, and cook until crispy.
A veggie stir fry is another simple, low-cost recipe that makes use of leftover vegetables in your fridge. Simply save the scraps from your vegetables and place them in a freezer bag. When you’ve collected enough, toss them in a pan with some oil and your favorite seasonings.
Bring your own bags when you go grocery shopping
What is the cost of the shopping bags you get in-store? BYOB (bring your own bag) is one habit that can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Why saving money on food is important
You know how important it is to save money on food. Not only does it help you stay within your budget, but it’s also a great way to reduce your environmental impact.
Think about it: food is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, it’s responsible for nearly a third of all human-caused emissions. So, anything you can do to reduce the amount of food you waste or eat less meat can make a big difference.
Want to learn more about sustainable living? Check out this information-packed guide to living more sustainably.