I would say I am pretty good when it comes to saving and spending my money. I spend only money I have and try to invest in quality products. I think of what is going to be the return on investment this item is going to give me prior to making purchases and investments. For example, spending money on an education program that will develop my career or investing in a great pair of jeans that will last forever.
This concept can be applied to nutrition in two ways.
1. Spend your money on quality foods. Don’t buy something just because it is on sale! (You do not need 10 boxes of cake mix just cause you get them free if you buy 15.)
2. Spend your calorie allotment on foods that will help your body function to it’s highest potential. Invest in foods that are nutritionally dense versus calorically dense.
If you want to enjoy a food that is indulgent such as a brownie. Save your calories that day for the special treat, and buy the best brownie you can find. Eat it. Cherish it.
I like to think of spending my calorie allotment on foods like I would spend my money on shoes. Would you spend your money on 10 pairs of shoes for $10 that are made cheap and are uncomfortable, or would you spend $100 on a pair of perfect shoes that are exactly what you want and will last a long time? I am hoping you said the latter option.
In regards to point number 1, you may ask. “Well Gabriella, I just do not have the money to go and shop at Whole Foods everyday for all my meals!” I totally understand, but with some helpful planning and tips you can buy quality food and still stay in budget.
My Tips on Saving Money while Shopping:
1. Be creative with produce. Use what is on special to look for new varieties of fruits and vegetables to try. Look for also what is in season.
2. If possible: Investigate community shared agriculture boxes that you can pick up from local farms or organic boxes that can be sent to your front door. They usually are very affordable and you receive great fresh produce. If you live in Portland check out, Organics to You, this was my favorite last year!
3. Utilize the bulk section in your local market or Whole Foods. This usually saves you a lot of money on items such as beans, legumes, four, sugar, dried fruit, and nuts.
4. Look for coupons on whole foods that you plan on using. I like to check out the weekly flyer at Whole Foods to see if there are any coupons on foods such as tofu, chicken, fruit/vegetables, cereal and cereal bars.
Those are just a few tips, and I hope you all will share with us how you save money on healthy groceries.
Now you know that spending your money wisely on food and calories are both important for both financial and functional health.
So say No to :
And Yes to this:
You will start to see that spending your money and calories on fresh, nutritious food will not only be great for your body but also your bank account!
To a Happy, Healthy (Money-Savvy) New-U!