I hear time and time again that people don't even try to eat healthy because they know how expensive it is, especially when having a family. I have to say, I actually spend less money now that we eat clean, meal plan and prep our food. I really focus on having my fridge full verses having my pantry full and prior to eating clean, if our pantry wasn't filled to the brim then everyone in my house complained we had no food. We went from five full shelves of processed food, to only one shelf full.
My kids still want to have snacks, bars and treats. I had to do a lot of research to find options of different foods that they would still like, but would be healthier options for them to snack on. I am hoping this post will help you learn that you can save money and eating healthier will save your money too. If you have a Big Lots store by you, then you are in luck! If you don't search for a similar discount store in your area. Post on Facebook and ask people in your area if they know of such a place, sometimes they are no located near your grocery store and are hidden gems.
Here is what I purchased and what the cost was:
Product My Cost Grocery Store Cost Savings
Kind Bars x2 $2.50 $3 $1.00
Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa $1.00 $1.50 $.50
Organic Nature's Path Bars x2 $2.50 $3.00 $1.00
Bakery on Main Oatmeal x2 $3.00 $5.25 $4.50
Cascadion Farm Organic Granola $2.50 $6 $3.50
Pop Chips Family Bag x2 $2.50 $6 $3.50
Pirates Booty Family Bag $2.50 $6 $3.50
Total Savings with no coupons: $17.75
How else have I saved money since clean eating? Meal planning, prepping and not going getting take out or going out to dinner on a weekly basis has saved us a lot of money. My kids are all growing and always hungry, but since eating clean they actually get full on the things they eat. Where before they could pound a sleeve of oreos and a glass of milk and still be starving. I talk about recognizing this with them. I say things like: you see how when you eat that apple with peanut butter you feel full and satisfied, but you don't feel that way with Oreos and milk? At the ages 10, 12, and 14 I am teaching them to create habits that will help them so much as adults. The great thing about clean eating is the 80/20 rule. So if we are at a birthday party we can all eat cake and ice cream if we chose too. We don't feel deprived and just knowing that we are chasing not eat certain things verses not being able to anything again, makes the process a whole lot easier to stick to with life. You have to chose a program you can see yourself doing forever or whats the point?
I hope this blog was helpful to you and I can help you and your family save some more money and get healthier!
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