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 budget:Meal 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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