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Tips for planning meals on a budget:

Kellie McKinney, MS | Healthy Lifestyle columnist | Co-Founder of Two Nutrition Nuts

Tips for planning meals on a budgetMeal planning is great for saving time, but, ideally, it should save you money, as well. When you’re on a strict budget, meal planning can be quite the task. If you don’t have much money to work with for groceries and unsure where to start, I am hopeful this guide for planning meals on a budget will be helpful.

Before you start anything else, you should have an idea of what foods and recipes are the most cost-
effective and appealing to you. Be on the look out for inexpensive ingredients that still have some nutritional value as well as taste good.  Below are some great options:
. Sweet potatoes
. Lentils
. Eggs
. Squash
. Beans

Other options you might consider: brown rice, mushrooms, tofu, peanut butter.

Look for versatile foods, too. Chicken, of course, is the main ingredient in many meals or tofu if you’re vegetarian.

Plan Based on Sales:
You can also plan meals based on the items that your local store has on sale for the week.

Get Bigger Discounts:
Couponing isn’t for everyone, but if you find a way to do it efficiently, it can significantly cut your expenses.

Plan Your Shopping Trip
Once you have your recipes in order, you can make a list of your meals for the week.

Eating organic
If eating organically is important to you, but you also have to watch your money, check out the foods listed below.  They offer nutritional value and great taste!
. Peaches
. Apples
. Bell Pepper
. Celery
. Nectarines
. Strawberries
. Cherries
. Pears
. Grapes
. Spinach
. Lettuce
. Potatoes

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