You may or may not know that my father is a financial planner. I’ve had a savings account since I was eight. I was on the stock market team in middle school (humble brag.) And I am the first female in my immediate family to support herself alone (and I’m doing it as an artist!)
Behind the scenes I’ve been gathering all of the knowledge I have gained about health food, and combining it with the financial planning side of my brain to write articles about food budgets for Mint. Mint is a financial planning app made by Intuit (you know the same people who make TurboTax.) So the app is obviously legit. I’m a big fan.
Since I’ve been putting a lot of my heart and soul into these articles twice a month, I thought it was about time to let everyone in on the secret. I JUST WANT HEALTHY FOOD TO FEEL DOABLE. I’m super passionate about the idea that health food doesn’t have to break the bank and that a few small changes can make a huge difference budget-wise. Or if you are on the other side, and food budgeting is not your strong suit – I’ve got some great tips that can help reel in your food costs. (I promise you won’t feel like you gave up anything.)
I put together a little resource for you of my 9 favorite articles I’ve written covering everything from groceries, to eating out, to meal planning, to cleanses to dinner parties. Check them out, and let me know if you have suggestions for future articles! (I write new stuff twice a month.) xo.
9 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget
How to Become a Grocery Budget Champion
Let’s start with the biggest category, groceries. It can feel daunting to cut your grocery budget or figure out a better way to structure your spending. You’re already busy with work, adulting, trying to have a social life and all other sorts of responsibilities. Who has time for meal planning and list-making??? I feel your pain and that is why I cam up with a few articles to break down grocery buying into a less daunting task. I got your back.
These are my go-to, sure fire ways to help you with your grocery budget. You can still feel like a health food goddess while finding ways to make your grocery bill lighter.
This is a grocery-buying method I created for those people who hate meal planning. You know who you are. The people who get in a store and let their eyes wander to the prettiest produce and let your cravings dictate your shopping list. (I’m one of these people.) So I came up with a method that let’s me feel free to wander, while also giving some structure to my shopping! It’s revolutionized the way I grocery shop.
Eating seasonally will help you save money on groceries, simply because seasonal produce is cheaper. High supply = lower cost. It’s basic supply and demand.. So having a base idea of what’s in season before you go shopping will help you make smart choices at the store!
These are the foods I keep on hand ALWAYS. They make a cheap base for almost any meal, and once you have them stocked you can cut down on your week to week grocery bills.
Learn to Meal Plan Like a Pro
Next, let’s talk about meal planning at home. This concept can be intimidating (or induce fear of food boredom) to some. I get it. I’m not much of a meal planner either, but I have weeks where I’m super inspired and ready to kick ass. That’s when I reach for these two guides I’ve created. One is a week long meal plan and the other is a two day “cleanse” for your body. Both are the perfect reset when you feel like you’ve been eating too much take out or what have you.
7 days. 3 meals a day plus one snack and one dessert. Costs you $20 a day, so basically $4 a “meal.” I’d say that’s a pretty good budget. Plus it’s got a variety of recipes so you don’t get tired of eating the same thing all week.
Forget $100 juice cleanses. This two day cleanse comes in at a sweet $25 dollars a day and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and a fancy fermented drink you can make at home!
How to Eat Out on a Budget
Eating (healthy) out in the world while also on a budget is hard but doable. I never want anyone to feel like they might as well give up on eating healthy because it’s too hard. And I also never want someone to feel like their budget or their healthy lifestyle prevents them from LIVING. That’s why I wrote this article about eating out on a budget.
Everything from being honest about your budget to ordering vegetarian dishes is covered here. I’m both a champion of eating out and saving money, so I’ve got your back on this one.
Make these Foods at Home to Save $$$
We’ve reached the final category of food budgeting, and it’s those pesky “changes” you can make to your life in order to save money. These are the things that will change your life (and bank account) by making at home instead of spending money on. (Hint: WHY ARE YOU STILL BUYING COFFEE?) These are the top items you should be making at home.
There are better (and healthier) ways to make your delicious cafe-quality coffee in the comfort of your own home. I’ve got three fun recipes for you to play around with, and I promise you won’t miss your fancy $7 latte.
It’s tempting to order the avocado toast or the green juice when out at a restaurant and trying to be healthy. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try chia pudding but been too scared to make it at home. NEVER FEAR. Please don’t spend $11 on these items. Make them at home for a fraction of the price. I promise you can do it. I promise they’ll be delicious.
Hopefully you found an article or two that helps you think about food budgeting in a new way. You can be a health food goddess and a human on a budget. You don’t have to pick one. I don’t care if you’re a millennial or a baby boomer, there’s always a way to have it all.
Check back with Mint’s blog every now and then, because I’m still writing new articles twice a month. Until then, I hope you stay happy and healthy and on budget. xo.