Whether or not it’s actually more costly to eat healthy is a topic that’s still up for debate.
Because there are multiple ways to measure how far your money can go when it comes to shelling out for food (price per calorie versus cost of food by weight or portion size), some studies have shown that healthier foods may drain your wallet more quickly, while others have found that “junk food” is actually pricier.
One thing mostly everyone can agree on, though: when meandering through the aisles of the grocery store, many healthy foods often seem extremely overpriced.
For anyone on a budget, this sometimes might make shopping for healthy eats seem like a challenge.
“One of the biggest consumer complaints about eating healthy is the cost,” says consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch. “Healthy foods at the grocery store like fresh produce, lean meats, organic foods, greek yogurt, almond milk and such are more expensive than boxed, frozen and fried foods.”
“What’s more, fast food from Burger King and Taco Bell are more affordable than say, a salad from Whole Foods. However, there are plenty of ways to eat healthy without blowing your money.”
To help you navigate the grocery store aisles like a coupon-cutting champ, Woroch offers the following money-saving tips for healthy eaters on a budget.
Choose Organic Selectively
Woroch says it’s not necessary to buy all organic produce if you’re worried about pesticides. “Some items have built-in protection from external applications and need not be purchased organic,” she said. “Bananas, avocados, pineapple and other members of the ‘Clean 13’ list can be bought in the regular produce section.”
Give Frozen a Go
“Frozen fruits and veggies are an economical way to get your nutrients during any season,” Woroch said. “Since produce is flash-frozen at its peak ripeness and nutrient content, there's no need to worry about lack of flavor or healthfulness.” She says you can save even more by opting for store brands over national brands.