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Eating healthy doesn’t have to drain your wallet. With some planning and careful shopping, you can fuel your body with nutritious foods while sticking to your budget. BHA is here to help, in this blog post, we’ll share practical tips and strategies to help you eat well without spending a fortune. 


Plan Your Meals: 

One of the most effective ways to eat healthy on a budget is to plan your meals ahead of time. Sit down once a week and map out your meals for the upcoming days. Consider affordable staples like dried beans, lentils, whole grains, and seasonal vegetables in your meal plan. 

Dried beans and legumes include red kidney beans, black, navy, and lima beans, chickpeas, split peas, and pigeon peas. There are many kinds of lentils and many recipes for these online. Examples of whole grains include oatmeal, barley, brown rice, millet, bulgur, and quinoa.  


Lists and Sales: 

Before heading to the grocery store, make a list of the items you need based on your meal plan. (Don’t forget to take that list with you!)  Stick to your list to avoid impulse purchases, which can get expensive quickly. Look for sales, discounts, and coupons to maximize your savings. Also, consider buying generic or store-brand items, which are often cheaper than name brands but just as delicious and nutritious. 


Buy in Bulk: 

Buying certain items in bulk can be a cost-effective way to stock up on essentials while saving money in the long run. Items like rice, oats, quinoa, and dried beans can be purchased in larger quantities and stored for extended periods. Just be sure to check the unit price to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Unit prices are listed on the shelf labels at most stores. 


Cook at Home: 

Eating out can quickly blow your budget, so try to cook at home as much as possible. Not only is homemade food usually healthier, but it’s also more affordable. Get creative in the kitchen and experiment with different recipes using budget-friendly ingredients. Cooking in batches and freezing leftovers can also help you save time and money. 


Focus on Nutrient-Dense or Healthier Foods first: 

When shopping on a budget, it’s important to focus on healthy, nutrient-dense foods that offer the most bang for your buck. Instead of spending money on processed snacks and sugary drinks (commonly called “junk foods”), opt for whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. These foods are not only more nutritious but also more filling, helping you stay satisfied longer.  Healthy foods are not always more expensive than prepared foods. 

Frozen fruits and vegetables are a good cost-saving option. They are frozen at peak ripeness so nutritional value is maintained! We recommend choosing unseasoned mixes and adding in your favorite spices when cooking, limiting salt and butter.  


Avoid the Trash Can: 

An assortment of colorful fruits and vegetables neatly arrangedReducing food waste is not only good for your wallet, but also for the environment. Cut up your vegetables into ready-to-use pieces when you get home from the store.  Then, put them in airtight containers so they are ready to grab and go. Plan your meals carefully to avoid buying more food than you need and try to use up leftovers before they spoil. Get creative with leftovers by turning them into new dishes or adding them into meals for the next day. 



Eating healthy on a budget is possible with a little planning and creativity. By following these tips and making careful choices at the grocery store, you can nourish your body with nutritious foods without breaking the bank. Remember, small changes can add up to significant savings and better health in the long run.  

At BHA, we are here to help. If you’re unsure about how to create a balanced diet within your budget, don’t hesitate to reach out to our medical team for personalized advice and assistance. We can offer valuable insights and guidance to help you make informed decisions about your diet and overall health. With the right support and resources, you can prioritize your well-being while staying within your budget.  Below is a link to for “healthy recipes on a budget” from Better Homes and Gardens:  32 Cheap, Healthy Meals That Cost Less Than $3 Per Serving ( And here is a resource from Plant-Based on a Budget to help create grocery lists based on recipes for the week. Search for the “family of 4 meal plan” for some kitchen inspiration.