Trying to live on a tight food budget is definitely a great challenge. Not everyone has a huge income and this becomes an even bigger problem when you have other people depending on you, such as your kids. If your budget is around $50 to $75 per week, you might resort to cheaper products, including those that are genetically-engineered in order to save.
You’re probably wondering now what you should shop for when you don’t have a lot of money. Here’s what to include in your grocery list:
1. Whole grains that don’t have a lot of additives or if you can, go for those with none, including:
- Wheat flour
- Pasta that has ingredients you can read
- Brown rice
2. Grass-fed meat or at least those that don’t have antibiotics or hormones injected in them:
- Pork (since the USDA does not allow them to have growth hormones)
3. Vegetarian protein sources, such as:
- Local eggs
- Organic dairy products
4. Fruits and vegetables:
- Choose those with the lowest amount of pesticides
- Go for fruits and veggies that have thick skin or those that can be peeled rather than thin-skinned once (think bananas vs. apples)
- If conventional produce is the only choice, make sure you wash it carefully and remove the peel if possible
- Peeled apples, asparagus, cabbage, eggplant, grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, pineapples, and sweet potatoes are among your best choices
5. Dairy products:
- It is always best to buy dairy products without recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), a growth hormone
- Organic dairy is still the best choice
- You can also make your own untainted milk, yogurt, yogurt cheese, or cottage cheese
- Use yogurt instead of sour cream
6. Large water jugs (5 gallons) are inexpensive; spring water is a good choice
Meanwhile, if there are foods you can buy when you’re on a budget, there are also some that you should avoid. Normally, these are:
- Non-organic dairy
- Non-organic meat
- Products with canola, soy, or corn in any form
- Products that have chemical additives, such as preservatives, flavors, and colors
- Products that are likely to have undergone lots of pesticide treatments
- Products with neurotoxins, including fluoride, aspartame, artificial sweeteners, and MSG
Since you are on a tight budget, you will definitely benefit from these tips:
1. Buy in bulk to save on gas for shopping trips and get discounts as well.
2. Wash what you have bought with baking soda, particularly the produce.
3. Plant some greens and herbs in your garden.
4. Go to outlet stores where there are organic options with very good prices.
5. Look for freebies in your area where there could be some wild foods growing.
6. Have a really frugal meal at least once per day.
Even if you’re on a tight budget, it doesn’t mean you should compromise your health. You should always buy organic foods and those that are not genetically modified to stay healthy even when you’re broke.