Living on a Budget and Eating Healthy Eating Healthy on a Budget With Climate Change, Credit crunches, and drought, food prices are increasing day by day all over the world. We can make our food budget stretch further by choosing frugally at the supermarket. Before leaving for your weekly or fortnightly trips to the supermarket make sure your list is ready and stick to it purposely, you are in charge of your destiny at the supermarket. You can save money and still have quality. Set aside time to prepare a meal planner for a week or fortnight, while preparing your shopping list, include healthy snack ideas as well as your main meal ideas. Think about the time you shop, day of the week, early in the morning is the best time to shop in the quiet. Here a few tips for a guide to healthy eating:- Limit your intake of junk food and Alcohol. Drink lots of water. At least eight cups, of water cups per day. Limit salty and sugary foods. Avoid eating many foods that are high in saturated fats. Make a variety of foods, which is the key to eating healthy. Stock your fridge and cupboards with items that are quick, easy, and healthy to cook, (yet kind to your purse). Fresh vegetables and fruits bought in season, to ensure optimal taste and nutrition, should be bought into the home once or twice a week. Veggies make great stir-fries and vegetable patties, while fruit is good for a nutritional snack. Canned or frozen varieties of fruit and vegetables are quick and easy additions to last minute meals or deserts. Meat and fish can be kept on hand for last minute meals, shop for inexpensive cuts of meats that work extremely well in stews and casseroles. When buying meat, look for your local butcher, lay your cards on the table with the butcher, and tell him what you re quire. You will get the freshest cuts, and do not forget to ask the butcher to remove excess fat from your meat. Sometimes cooking a huge meal is ideal for freezing leftovers for later use in the week for lunches and quick suppers. The best ideas double the recipe then freeze half. Do not forget vegetable trimmings to make your own vegetable stock. Saving your money and vegetable stock is a nutritious base for casseroles, soups, and Crockpot cooking. The best and cheapest way to shop is bulk buying, freezing perishables, such as meat, milk, and bread in smaller portions to use as required. Buying non-perishables in bulk is a good for example, canned foods, dried beans, and grains. Searching the supermarket to find less expensive foods (generic or store brand goods), on the shelves. Comparing cost per unit is the best cost saver to come to supermarkets; you will be able to figure the most cost effective purchase. Take advantage of specials on staple foods-soups, pasta, rice, canned veggies, even bread and meat. Many of these groceries have a long shelf life, and can be frozen for short periods of time. Cooking on a budget like anything else in life takes planning, involving new challenges and work. However, the product is always worth the work. Think of the rewards, better health and more money, all the work will become an adventure and you will be pleased with your accomplishments. I am Barb Haynes author/scribbler, I wrote this article because I have suffered with depression bought on by many different reasons and would like to give some ideas to people out there that we can help ourselves and beat depression Living for many years on a budget you can survive and eat well in these times.