Budget Friendly Meal Prep Tips

Even if money is tight, you can still eat healthfully. And you can pull a nutritious meal together quickly, with just a few tips.

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Tip 1: Buy in Bulk – Often the food sold in the bulk aisle is less expensive than the packaged foods. So opt to buy whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils there!

Tip 2: Buy Cans – Canned food gets a bad rap, but it’s often just as nutritious as it’s fresh counterparts. Be sure to buy canned food that has no added salt or sugar. Or, if that’s not possible, it should at least be low-sodium. And stock up if something goes on sale. Canned foods last a long time if store properly in a cool, dry place.

Tip 3: Skip Pre-cut Veggies – While those pre-cut veggies will save you time when it comes to prep, they won’t save you money. Instead, buy whole heads of cauliflower, broccoli and other veggies. It won’t take you that long to pull off the florets and do a little bit of chopping. You could even do it the night before.

Tip 4: Buy the Sale – Are your favorite foods on sale? Well, buy them! And if they’re canned or frozen, even better. Stock up on frozen fruits and veggies. And load that pantry with canned beans and veggies! Even sales on perishable foods are awesome. If chicken breast is on sale, buy extra and store in the freezer.

Tip 5: Make Your Own Stuff – That’s right. Ironically, making food from scratch often costs less. So try making your own salad dressings, for example. Those are easy and only require a few ingredients that you likely already have on hand.

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