So many people grocery shop for convenience as opposed to thinking of what is actually good for both their bodies AND their wallet. Here are some simple things our family does to eat healthy and save money in the process.
Take a look at this video to see first-hand how I use meal prepping to help our family save money on groceries.
Then keep reading this blog post for 6 tips you can start doing!
- Buy fruits that don’t require much prep time.
I like to buy large bags of apples and pears because they are easy to just grab and go. If I buy something like a cantaloupe or pineapple, I make sure to chop it and put into containers in my fridge so it’s easy for me to fill a small bowl with a serving size.
- Prep veggies for snacks
It can be easy to want to opt for convenience and buy veggies that are already washed, chopped, and ready to go. Personally, I’d rather spend a few extra minutes doing that myself and SAVE the money I would have spent to have someone do it for me.
Instead of buying bags of baby carrots, I buy regular carrots. It only takes a few minutes to peel them, chop them, and put them in a storage container with some water in the fridge.
Instead of spending extra on celery that has the green leaves cut off or celery already cut into small pieces, I do the same thing I do with my carrots. On Sundays, I wash, chop, and put them in a container in my fridge so they’re ready for a quick snack.
- Cut up your own lettuce
Yes, it’s convenient to buy the bags of pre-washed and chopped lettuce but you can save SO much money by doing it yourself!
We buy two heads of green leaf lettuce, then wash and chop it ourselves. Store it in a container layered with paper towels. Then it’s ready for salads and you don’t have any excuses about not having time to throw together a healthy lunch.
- Shred your own cheese
We are a family that LOVEs cheese. But about a year ago, when I started trying to eat as clean as possible, I learned that there are ingredients in shredded cheese that prevent it from sticking together. Upon further research, I realized those are ingredients that I do NOT want to put into my body.
I buy bricks of cheese and shred it myself. Sometimes I just shred the amount that I need, then stick the rest of the brick in a storage baggie in the fridge. Lately, I’ve been shredding the entire brick and storing it in a container sprinkled with some gluten free flour to prevent it from clumping and sticking together.
- Cook your meats ahead of time
If I know I’m going to cook meals that require cooked chicken or ground turkey, I will cook it on Sunday and store it in the refrigerator.
I will often make a big batch of ground turkey meatballs and leave enough for one meal in the fridge. I will then portion out serving sizes into individual baggies and put them in one large freezer bag. Once they’re frozen, they can easily be pulled out and thawed for a quick meal.
My children love frozen chicken nuggets and chicken fingers. I will make a batch of my own, using a breading of Italian bread crumbs and whole wheat panko. After they bake and cool, I freeze them on the pan so they freeze without touching. Once they’re frozen, I can put them in a freezer bag to pull out for a quick weeknight meal.
- Freeze leftovers
I purposely make large batches of things so I can freeze leftovers for quick meals. I then put individual servings in small baggies and put all the small baggies in one large freezer bag. Some examples of things that I freeze:
-ground turkey taco meat
-Soups or chili
-Stuffed shells or lasagna roll-ups
-brown rice or quinoa
-pasta or spaghetti squash
By planning things out and doing some of the work yourself, you can save yourself on your grocery bill each month. Comment below with some things YOU do to meal prep. I’m always looking for new ideas.