the price we pay
So from all angles of society we are told to eat right, eat more fruit and vegetables, cut out fizzy drinks, limit chocolate and all that, but have you looked at the price we pay for that healthy food compared to the amount that we pay for processed foods?
Now we all know that when you go into the fresh fruit and veg aisle of the supermarket you will know that you will be paying at least £1.30 for a punnet of strawberries, but thinking about it you would pay around 30p for a 100g bar of chocolate bar. Here is exactly what I mean, this was taken from mysupermarket.co.uk to see the variety of prices that are around and the difference there is.
Now I do however understand the importance of making sure that there is enough profit for the growers of the products, however, one thing that I don’t understand is how chocolate that is full of additives and is unhealthy is a over £1 cheaper than fruit. I can completely understand how sometimes for families they might feel that eating unhealthy food like chocolate is a lot easier because you get more for your money, yet a lot of people will go to blame the parents. Yes they’re buying the food, but I know a lot of families who cannot afford to buy fresh fruit because they can’t afford that all of the time.
I know the importance of eating healthy, especially as someone who has lost 7 dress sizes, however, it doesn’t make sense that the government constantly tell us it is important to eat healthy but how can people afford to buy fresh fruit or even frozen fruit and vegetables when for a lot less money you can get processed foods.
I would really like the government to look at this, look at what could actually help families who are on lower incomes, or are struggling, because even putting a tax on things like sugary drinks, it might not be enough, it might still be cheaper for people to buy the products filled with unhealthy products rather than buying fruit.
When getting the best price means that you have to look around, and I don’t just mean looking around the big supermarkets, I mean looking around a greengrocers, even places Aldi, Lidl which do some fabulous fresh local produce. I went in there the other week and all of the produce was fresh from my local area which is fabulous and perfect to see that are local companies are being supported.
Your freezer will become your best friend, honestly, you can get so many frozen fruits and vegetables that you will save yourself so much money by just not using the fresh. A lot of the time depending on where you get your products from, it will last you a week maximum and then you end up throwing it away. By buying frozen vegetables and fruits you don’t have to worry about making sure they’re still in date, making sure that they’re still usable, not only do you save yourself time, but also money.
check your use by dates
When you’re trying to do healthy eating on a budget, look at the foods that you use on a regular basis, do you use them before they go off, or do they just sit there in the fridge waiting for the day you clear it out and throw them in the bin. By doing it this way you’re able to make sure you’re getting the most for your money, but you are also making yourself aware of what you do and don’t use.
use your cupboards
Buying canned food can save you so much time and energy, and if you don’t use it all at once, you can save it and make left overs for another day, your options are not limited to just one meal. Keep your cupboard stocked with a variety of things like rice, pasta, couscous, noodles, vegetables, beans and anything else you can get in tinned form so that way you’re saving your money for other things that you might need.
don’t waste leftovers
Everyone will know this already, but it is important that people don’t just throw away food, you can get so much more for your food, for example, if you have had Mediterranean pasta for dinner, use the rest of what is left of the pasta and make it into a salad for the next day. Not only does that save you money on buying a lunch, but it also cuts the amount of waste food you leave at your house. It is a win win situation.
plan your meals
Planning your meals might sound very simple, however, it has been known that if you plan it, you can save yourself so much money and time, you will be able to see that you are thinking about what you want to eat, what you have in your cupboards but also what money saving tips you can use.
For example, if you’ve decided to make pasta for dinner, instead of buying a sauce, use pasatta, add in all of your vegetables and seasoning, that way you’re saving yourself so much money which can be put to better use elsewhere.
This is one of the cheapest sauces I found, so you can have see the price difference and also how you can make your own sauce for a lot less and know exactly what is in your sauce!