Serving Nutricious Meals on a Budget, Can it Be Done?

It’s time for another reader question. This one was asked by two different readers and it is a question that I hear in “real life” quite often.

How can you serve healthy meals on a budget? – Patvtr76hu878

How can the average mom really chop her food budget yet keep serving nutritious meals? – Cdziuba

When a non-couponer opens a coupon flier and sees all the hamburger helper, little debbies, fruit snacks, sugary cereal…. well, you get the idea, they immediately assume that in order to save money they have to eat poorly.

You see so many sugar coupons that it seems like they are all that way. You miss the “good” ones. Just because the coupon has a sugar cereal on it doesn’t mean you can’t use it on the “adult” cereal of the same brand (most of the time you can). I have coupons for milk, eggs, cheese, and bread in my organizer right now. They are easy to miss when 9 out of 10 are for an unhealthy product. But, there are hundreds of coupons each week, which means there are plenty of healthy coupons in there – you just have to know where to look.

I’m definitely not saying that we don’t ever eat sugar, we do, LOL. Especially the cheesecakes from Costco… mmm! But, we do eat in a way that I would consider healthy. Today we had cream of wheat for breakfast, DS had cottage cheese, a banana, and a homemade oat cereal for lunch, and Black bean burgers with a side salad for dinner. The day before that we had Rice Krispies for breakfast, the same lunch with an apple instead of a banana, and a olive oil/basil pasta with a side of corn for dinner.

Everybody has to decide what they consider healthy. You can eat sugar food while couponing, but I know plenty of people who do it without the coupons! The same goes for the opposite.

Here are a few tips that will help you eat healthy on a budget:

  • There are coupons out there for organic foods and you can find the links to those on my Coupons 101 page.
  • You can use coupons at a “natural” or “organic” store. I do a coupon matchup for my local organic store every month. Take a look at the coupons I use – your store will probably have the same products.
  • Cook from scratch! Last month I featured 4 Rachael Ray recipes that you can make for under $10. I will do this again this month so stay tuned!

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1 Julie July 19, 2009 at 4:53 am

Love your blog:) I found you through the momdot.com link a thon. Thanks for helping to promote me and all the other blogs out there:)

http://www.mylilbudgetbook.etsy.com

-Julie

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