5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

October 24, 2014 - Serving Seniors

One of the most common reasons for not eating healthier is that it is too expensive. While a cheeseburger from a fast food drive-thru is certainly cheaper than a lean cut of organic beef, it is not exactly the healthiest choice. There are plenty of ways to shop in a more cost effective way and eat healthy on a budget.  Take these tips with you to the store and start saving.

1.) Shop Around. You may have to go to more than one store to get everything you need at the best price. In addition to traditional grocery stores, ethnic markets, dollar stores, retail supercenters and farmers markets offer great deals on a variety of foods. Shopping around requires a bit more effort but the savings usually make it worth it.

2.) Compare unit prices. Don’t assume the item with the lowest price tag is actually the most affordable. Compare unit prices to see how much you’re actually getting for your money. You may be surprised!

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3.) Buy “in season” or frozen produce. Not only is “in season” produce far tastier but it is usually less expensive. Canned or frozen fruits and veggies are helpful if you tend to let produce spoil. Be sure to choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice and vegetables with “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.

4.) Prep meals ahead of time. It’s easy to turn to convenience foods if you’re on the go but it will cost you. Instead, make a large batch of your favorite meal once a week and freeze or refrigerate in individual containers. You will be set for the entire week with just a few hours of meal prepping.

5.) Buy from the bulk aisle. Many stores offer a bulk section where you can scoop and bag as much as you need at a far more affordable cost. This section is a great place to find items like quinoa, oats, nuts and granola for less than the pre-boxed or bagged versions.


It’s tough enough for the average person to eat healthy on a budget — imagine being a senior with little to no income at all. Hunger is a serious issue facing many of the seniors we serve and a warm meal is the number one reason seniors seek our assistance. We recently launched the Fill A Plate campaign to end senior hunger in San Diego. For only $2.50 you can feed a senior a nutritious, balanced meal. We hope to fill 100,000 plates this holiday season and over the next year with your help. Spread the word, fill a plate and feed a hungry senior today.

Visit our Fill A Plate page to learn more.

2 responses to “5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget”

  1. Audrey says:

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