Eating vegetables and eating healthier is similar to getting a raise! I cut my grocery bill in half, while also still being incredibly healthy. Sometimes you can be incredibly frugal in your life by looking at some of your mindless purchases that you make at the supermarket.
What I’ve have been realizing more and more since I turned 28 is the fact that we as humans do not need a whole lot to survive. When you are a millennial living in a big city, you have an endless amount of things surrounding you that influence every thought. Whether it’s the things that your friends are doing or buying to what you should be eating when you go grocery shopping or how you should be eating whether its ordering seamless or following your co-workers to an expensive salad place for lunch. One of my goals for 2019 or resolutions was to not eat any lunch out during the work-week. In order to do this I was going to have to take my diet a lot more serious and learn how to cook a wide variety of things to sustain a healthy and low cost budget. We all have goals in life, why let expensive food get in the way of those goals.
The first things that i realized is that cooking is work. Whether its learning how to cook perfect rice, learning what foods go together and getting your timing down so all the food is ready around the same time. If you want to be good at something you are going to have to try and fail and keep trying. I almost always have a base of rice, farrow, lentils or my favorite “chickpea Pasta”. In terms of saving money Dave Ramsey always advocates for the “rice and beans diet” They are full of protein and will fill you up. The best part is that you can get a lot of basic food for a cheap price.
The second thing that I do is add a small amount of meat, turkey, pork, chicken or ground beef. Then the third part is to add a huge mix of cooked vegetables that I buy raw. Simply raw vegetables are some of the cheapest foods you can buy at the grocery store usually coming in around $1-3/lb. These are also the foods that are going to be the best for you. If you can make a couple meals at one time and spread them out during the week you can save a whole lot of money on food and living expenses.
After reading the book “how not to die” I realized the simple truth that a lot of the healthiest foods you can buy are also the cheapest. I started eating onions, zucchinis, kale, beets, Carrots and potatoes and my overall grocery bill went down significantly. At first last year I was paying $600/ month on food and groceries (Manhattan) after really trying to work my diet I got that bill down to $200-$250/month. This took a lot of practice meal prepping and being very disciplined. With how many options there are in NYC it’s easy to grab some quick hot food or hit up the local Duane Reade.
List of Some of the cheapest Vegetables as well as some of the healthiest choices that i incorporate into my personal diet every week.
- Canned beans Pinto/Black
- Chickpea Pasta
Another tip: Water, Drink tons of water. It is the best liquid you can drink and will help replenish your body when it is thirsty. I was buying 2 cartons of almond milk (lactose intolerant) and it was costing me a fortune. One day I just stopped buying it and just drank water instead. I started feeling better and was saving $9 a week. After a few weeks I started noticing a drastic difference, my meals were averaging $4 a meal compared to a $15/work lunch and a $10 dinner. I was able to start saving loads of money from my paychecks, and in-turn investing more.