The sad reality is that most healthy foods cost a lot more than their less-than-healthy alternatives. Considering the economic effects of COVID and lockdown, many Ely residents may find themselves having to tighten the purse strings. So, how can you ensure that you tick all the right nutritional boxes without overspending on your budget? Here are some top tips.

Plan all your meals

Never shop for groceries without having planned what you are going to eat over the course of the next few days or weeks. This can lead to expensive impulse buying and will almost always result in a higher bill. It helps to look through your fridge, freezer, and cabinets to see what you already have to work with and build on from there. That way, you ensure that no food goes to waste and that you avoid buying any unnecessary extras.

Look into meal prep companies

Believe it or not, subscribing to a meal prep or ready meal company can often prove to be a lot cheaper in the long run than buying ingredients and cooking meals yourself. This is because there are some meal prep companies & Private Dining providers that offer specialised ‘saver’ menus, which promise hearty savings and delicious dinners. Be sure to check out Chefiesta as a perfect example.

Cook in bulk

It can often be cheaper to buy certain ingredients in bulk. If you buy perishables in bulk, you will also obviously need to cook larger portions to avoid wastage. This can be a good thing, especially if you are busy and find it difficult to cook every night of the week. Freeze your leftovers in appropriate portion sizes and simply defrost them later on. You save money and you maximise convenience, too.

Visit farmers’ markets

Going straight to the ‘source’ means you can cut off a good few pounds from what you are used to paying. The great news is that farmers’ markets are extremely popular in Ely, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one near you.

Keep an eye out for sales

Grocery stores are constantly running attractive specials. Watch out for any discounts on healthy foods and stock up as quickly as you can.

Grab some coupons

Coupons are another excellent way to save. Take a look at Money Saving Expert for a list of coupons and coupon codes that you can use to save big on all sorts of healthy food items at a broad array of retailers, both online and in-store.

Grow your own food

Now is the time to start gardening! Not only will you enjoy beautiful, fresh produce as a result, but you will also benefit from the stress-reducing and mental health benefits of this popular hobby. Here is a fantastic infographic showing you which vegetables to grow and when – suitable for both plot and patio gardens.

You don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds to live and eat more healthily. Follow these tips and you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

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