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So without further ado, here are some tried and tested tips to save money while eating healthy:

Plan your meals.
The fundamental step to eating healthy is to learn what you should eat. Assuming you’ve already done your research on your preferred diet, spend time to list down the meals you intend to prepare for the week. Structure them in such a way that whatever you have for lunch can be repurposed for dinner. This is extremely helpful and will save you time from going back and forth to the grocery store.

Buy in bulk.
Practice going to the store only once a week. This will train you to buy ingredients that should last you for seven days. Katie of WellnessMama gives this for example, “When our budget is tightest, I prepare a large, inexpensive cut of meat and reuse it different ways throughout the week.”

Look for vegetables in season.
The prices of vegetables may vary, depending on the time of the year and source. Study which veggies are in season and purchase them when at the right time. Or, you may look for substitute ingredients. For example, TopTen.ph suggests that instead of cabbage, you can go for native pechay or bokchoy.

Skip the drinks.
Since you’re trying to improve your health, soda, processed juices, canned drinks and even coffee should be removed from your grocery list. You’ll be surprised at how much money you’ll save once cut them out of your life. For alternatives, it’s best to stick to water, herbal tea or almond milk.

Avoid eating out often.
Although it saves you the time and effort of having to prepare food and wash dishes, eating out can burn a big hole in your pockets. Try lessening your restaurant visits to at least once or twice a month.
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