By Colleen McTiernan

We all know how important eating healthy is to our overall well-being. But, sometimes healthy foods just aren’t the cheapest options (hello, dollar menu!). If you are trying to stick to a healthy diet while staying on budget, consider the following tips to help you stay on track!

Buy fresh produce in season

We have all heard this piece of advice before. Although fresh produce is definitely cheaper when it is in season, sometimes you just want some strawberries in the winter. Consider buying fresh organic produce in season, and then freezing your haul to get you through the off season.

Buy in bulk

Check out bulk bins for your grains and beans. These bins usually have the cheapest per-pound price options in most grocery stores.

Consider sales

Check out the weekly sales flyers for your favorite grocery store before you plan out your meals and snacks for the week. You can scope out what items are on sale, like wild caught fish, produce or organic meats, and decide what you will be cooking based on what you find.

Speaking of sales…

Buy things on sale and store or freeze them for later. Every time my grocery store of choice puts frozen organic shrimp on BOGO, I buy two bags, even if I still have some at home. Frozen products like these will most likely keep until you get around to using them, and the savings is definitely worth it!

What tricks do you use for eating healthy on a budget?