Real Food Tips: 12 Ways to Keep it Cheap

moneyWhen we meet with patients and talk with them about changing their eating habits, often the discussion turns to how to eat healthy without breaking the bank.

Trying to eat healthy on a budget can be a real challenge – especially if you have a large family (like our family of six with four kids who are always hungry!)  I’m always on the lookout for tips on how to maximize healthy foods while minimizing cost.

I came upon a terrific article from Lisa Leake of 100 Days Of Real Food that contains some very helpful tips on how to manage your food expenses.

One of the tips that we use in our house is the envelope system recommended by Dave Ramsey.  We set aside a certain amount each week in a food envelope and that’s what we have to spend.  It really helps to keep you focused on being efficient when shopping for food.

Another suggestion is to base your recipes on what you have on hand rather than than picking a recipe and then going shopping for all the ingredients.

It definitely takes some time and commitment, but it can be done.  The reality is that if you pay attention to what you are buying and plan ahead each week, you can save money and eat healthy.

Enjoy the article and let us know what tips you have for eating healthy on a budget.

Real Food Tips: 12 Ways to Keep it Cheap – 100 Days of Real Food.

Be well.


Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga.  He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding.  Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue.  He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness.  Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program.  He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.

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