Do you find clean eating on a budget to be a challenge?  It’s no secret that buying junk food is cheaper than buying healthy foods at the supermarket.

Eating healthy and clean doesn’t have to put a big dent in your wallet.  Here are some easy tips and tricks on how to eat healthy on a budget, so you can save your hard earned money on more fun things than just groceries!

Simple tips on clean eating on a budget for beginners and for families. Includes grocery list, meal plans with recipes for losing weight.

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How do I Start to Eat Clean?

The first step to eating clean is knowing what foods are considered “clean”.  In a nutshell, clean eating is about eating whole foods that are natural and minimally processed.  

So What exactly can you eat when eating clean?  You can find a clean eating grocery list that you can print for free here.

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Clean Eating on a Budget: 9 Easy Ways to Save on Your Groceries

1. Buy Frozen

Clean eating on a budget - buy frozen

Buying fruits and vegetables frozen is an easy and healthy way to eat clean on a budget.  

Not only is frozen produce picked at the peak of their nutrient density when they are ripe, many frozen foods come pre-mixed and ready-to-cook, sparing you of the time-consuming tasks of chopping and slicing multiple ingredients before cooking.  

Some of my favorite money and time saving frozen produce are carrots and peas, tri-colored bell peppers and strawberries.

2. Buy Store Brand Products

Whole Foods Market has a reputation for costing you “whole paychecks” on your groceries.  However, if you shop their 365 Everyday Value store brand products, you save more money than buying name brand products!

Buying store brand frozen products helps to further reduce your grocery cost!  

I make many trips to Whole Foods just to stock up on their organic store brand frozen produce for my green smoothies.

3. Buy In-Season Fruits and Vegetables

Clean eating on a budget - eat seasonal

Follow the course of mother nature for healthy and natural eating.  During harvest season, fruits and vegetables are in their peak nutrition and taste/freshness.  

Not sure what produces are in-season?  Check out this handy seasonal produce guide if you live in the US.

4. Not Everything Needs to be Organic

Produces such as apples, strawberries, grapes and tomatoes found on the “dirty dozen list” can have high levels of pesticide, so investing in organic versions will reduce your exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Some foods are ok to buy conventionally grown as they have minimal exposure to toxic crop chemicals.  Think foods like onions, avocados, and pineapples, which are included on the “clean fifteen list”.

5. Meal Plan

Clean eating on a budget - meal plan

Planning your meals in advance helps to reduce food waste and saves you money over time.  

When you list out all the ingredients and their quantities on hand, you can arrange your meals accordingly and try to use up as much of the fresh ingredients as possible.

For example, a bag of spinach can be used for a breakfast smoothie and then a lunch salad or as a dinner side dish.

Meal planning also saves time and reduces stress so you won’t be scrambling for ingredients and cooking at the last minute. You’ll be able to fully enjoy your meals during the busy weekdays.  

6. Buy in Bulk

Buying groceries in bulk not only saves you money over time, it’s also great for meal planning!

Buying, preparing and cooking your favorite dishes in big batches saves you precious time and provides you with easy freezer meals for later.  

Unused perishables such as meats and fish can be stored in freezers for cooking later.  Non-perishable grains such as rice, pasta, and dried beans are perfect for purchasing in bulk as they can be stored for a long period of time.

7. Shop at Low-Cost Grocery Stores

Clean eating on a budget - Trader Joe's

Even in an expensive city like New York City, you can still find discount grocery chain stores such as Trader Joe’s that sell healthy, organic foods on the cheap.

Whole Foods recently opened their new chain of low-cost supermarkets called Whole Foods Market 365 and their prices are comparable to Trader Joe’s.  

Aldi is another popular low-cost grocery chain located across many of the eastern states and in southern California.  A customer can expect to save about 50% off of traditional supermarkets, and up to 30% more compared to Walmart.

If you live in one of the western states in the US, your best bet for cheap groceries is Winco Foods.

The abundance of these low-cost supermarkets makes clean eating on a budget much easier to achieve!

How Else Can You Live Healthy on a Tight Budget?

Here are some of my other favorite ways to save money on groceries and meal planning:

1. Ibotta

Ibotta is a free and easy money saving app that I use to save on my groceries for my family of 4.  It’s as easy as saving your grocery receipts and scanning them with your phone – no coupon clipping needed!  

You earn cash back on more than just groceries and at almost any store.  That’s real cash – not points! Plus, if you sign up now, you’ll receive an extra $10 when you try Ibotta by clicking my link here.

2. $5 Meal Plan

$5 Meal Plan is an affordable meal planning service that takes away the stress of meal planning and saves you time and money.  For just $5 a month, you get weekly meal plans along with shopping lists.

The meal plan ingredients are simple and healthy, and you can also make your own sauces so that you know exactly what ingredients are in them to stay “clean”.  

You can also design your own meal plans with a drag and drop meal plan builder.  Sign up to get a 14-day free trial by clicking here.

Eating clean and healthy doesn’t have to break your bank.  Planning ahead and following the strategies outlined in this post should help make clean eating easier and more affordable.

How do I Eat Clean to Lose Weight?

Clean eating is a healthy and natural way to lose weight. Weight loss is 90% diet and 10% exercise based on my personal experience, and having a list of healthy, clean food is an essential step to achieving that leaner and fitter body.

If you are looking to eat clean and lose weight, your next step would be a Clean Eating Meal Plan with foods that can boost your metabolism and weight loss. To learn more about the fat burning spices and healthy greens that helped me to lose my first 10 pounds in a month without working out or starving myself, check out my 21-Day Slim Down Challenge FREE Training.

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Simple tips on clean eating on a budget for beginners and for families. Includes grocery list, meal plans with recipes for losing weight.