Do you suffer from Holiday spending hangover? If you are, don’t worry you are probably not the only one.
Every year during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day we focus so much on getting the perfect gift for our friends and families. We also decorate our house with trees, ornaments, and lights. Finally, we plan our traditional Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day meals and we wear the nicest clothes to commemorate the occasion.
But wait a minute… what do you think happens when the clock reaches 12:00am on December 31st? Well, if you haven’t figured out it already you will realize that even though it is a new year and you have all your New Year resolutions, unfortunately, all your debts from the previous year didn’t erase.
There are a million tips about how to stay on budget during the Holidays and how to recover after the Holidays. This post is not going to be about those tips. In here, I’m trying to focus on giving you some tips to continue to eat healthy on a budget.
1. Buy fresh produce when it is in season and freeze it.
Eating fresh produce is great, but buying fresh produce off-season could be super expensive. Only buy what is currently on season.
2. Look for sales and plan meals accordingly.
If your local store provides a saving-card make sure you sign up for it and check the weekly circular to see what’s on sale.
3. Try less expensive cuts of meat and enjoy different cooking methods.
4. Eat more whole grains and legumes
Legumes are healthy and inexpensive. They will fill you up with fiber and protein.
5. Plan your meals ahead
It is easy and convenient to always have something ready in your refrigerator and it helps to minimize waste.
6. Broaden your horizons
Try different cuisines. Indian and Mexican cuisines rely on inexpensive ingredients. Mediterranean cuisine relies more on vegetables.
7. Keep an organized fridge and pantry.
This could help you to avoid waste. Make sure the newest products are always on the back. If you freeze your meals make sure you periodically go through your freezer and eat what you have in there.
8. Re-purpose leftover
Instead of eating the same meal from yesterday try to create new recipes using your leftovers. Look for recipes online.
9. Go to the farmers market at the end of the day
In some areas you might find great deals if you go to the farmers market an hour before they closed.
10. Shop in different supermarkets
Compare prices and look for the best deal.