But it’s SO expensive….

When I bring up healthy or organic eating, the most common excuse/response I hear is that it’s just too expensive. While some speciality items can be quite pricy, in general, healthy eating does not have to break to the bank!!!

I have four simple tips for frugal food shopping:

1. DON’T GET CAUGHT UP WITH SNACK FOODS: Snack foods that are made without preservatives and chemicals often cost much more than their unhealthy counterparts. This is because they cost much more to make and sell. You can find some good deals on healthy snack foods, but, as a general rule, buying minimal snack foods will definitely help your budget.

2. BUY IN BULK: Something miraculous has occurred within the past year. Costco and Sam’s Club have created LARGE health food sections within their stores. You can buy large quantities of organic produce and dairy, as well as healthy baking items such as coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut sugar (sheesh! Does everything healthy have coconuts in it?), and almond flour. You can also purchase some delicious healthy snack foods for significantly cheaper than you could at a health food store.

3. TRADER JOE’S IS YOUR FRIEND: Groceries from Trader Joe’s cost less than groceries from Raley’s or Safeway. Trader Joe’s is a great place to purchase produce, meat & dairy, grains, baking supplies, soups, condiments etc…

4. DON’T BE SNOOTY: Don’t think that you HAVE to shop at places like Whole Foods, Sprouts, or Trader Joe’s to be truly natural. I have purchased plenty of healthy, organic food from Wal-Mart. Fred Meyer also has a surprisingly large natural foods section. The people of America want healthy, natural food at good prices. Target has recently come out with an affordable, USDA organic line of products. I would expect more lines like it to pop up in different retailers across the country. Even TJ MAXX organic food!

Still think that healthy eating has to be expensive? I bet not! What are you favorite ways to be healthy on a budget? Comment Below or connect with me on Instagram @girlgonecrunchy

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