Last week I popped into my local green grocer to get our fruit and veggies for the week and it was the first time I have really noticed a big difference in the price of things.
I have always been able to get a head of broccoli from this green grocer for R19.99 max – they are R29.99 now. I can usually get potatoes on special somewhere but the cheapest I could find them this month was R54.99 for a 7kg bag. I suppose it is largely due to the drought but it can really make trying to live a healthier lifestyle a challenge, but it is not impossible!
I know it is possible to do because I do it and we have a very very tight budget but we still manage to have fresh veggies with dinner every night.
So how do I do it?
Cut out the crap. Think about how much money you were/are spending on buying a coke every day or a take away pie for lunch? Work it out. I am pretty sure that you will actually realise that you have enough money to buy healthier options. If you buy a buddy coke every day, over a work day week that is R200. With that money alone you can buy fresh fruit and veggies for the week! Just by ditching the crap in your cupboard and not replacing it you will also have spare cash to buy the healthier options!
Watch for specials. There is always someone who is having a special. I often get the R100 special at Woolies that includes a potatoes, tomatoes, butternut and onions or carrots. My green grocer also often has specials on different things and I know you can’t really stock up on fresh stuff but each week if you choose the specials you will save.
Wait for things to finish. I have mentioned this before and I got the idea from Se7en. Wait for the bananas to be done before you buy some more. This prevents food from going off before being eaten AND encourages family members to eat what is there.
Meal planning! I plan all our meals and I buy according to that. This means there is no “extra” food, so no extra expenditure.
Start a veggie/herb garden. This one does require some effort but it can make a difference one you have it established. Plant things that are easy to grow and you now your family will eat – tomatoes, carrots and spinach are good ones to start with. A herb garden is a bit easier to establish and a great way to add flavour to your meals.
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive, all you have to do is make the smart choices.