Even when you know what healthy foods to choose, being able to pay for them can be hard, especially if you are on a fixed income. Start by deciding how much you can afford to spend on food.
There are websites that can help you plan a food budget. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports Iowa State University’s Spend Smart-Eat Smart. This website also has inexpensive recipes based on the Dietary Guidelines.
Once you have a budget, find store ads in the newspaper or grocery store websites to see what is on sale. Try to plan some meals around featured items and pick up some extra canned goods or staples that are on sale. And check the expiration or use-by date. A product might be on sale because it is almost out of date. Choose items with dates farthest in the future.
While shopping, make use of these budget-wise 10 tips.
- Ask about discounts—Your local grocery store may have a senior discount or a loyalty card.
- Use coupons when you can—Coupons are only useful when you’re buying that item anyway. Another brand may cost less even after using the coupon.
- Check the store brand—The store brand usually costs less than national brands.
You can read more about these and other tips for eating healthy on a budget from the National Institute on Aging.