Eating Better on a Budget


It is no secret that healthy eating patterns that include fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Eating nutritious foods provides your body with essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function, and contributes to your overall physical and mental health.

We know that eating healthy can be hard when you’re concerned about money, so we put together five tips to help you eat better on a budget.

  1. Try to buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. They are usually less expensive and easier to find. Local farmer’s markets are great places to find seasonal items.
  2. Create a meal menu in advance. Plan out your meals for the entire week and make a list of what you’ll need. This will keep      you from buying unnecessary items once you’re in the grocery store.
  3.   Find time to look for coupons and store specials. There are often great buy-one-get-one free deals to be had. Also, sign up for a store’s free loyalty card to get additional savings.
  4.  If you have a larger family, buying in bulk may actually save you money. It may also help you to buy store brands if they are less expensive. Store brands often contain the same ingredients as the major, more expensive brands.
  5. Meat can be an expensive addition to a dish. Attempt a few meatless meals, substituting other low cost proteins such as beans or peas.

Last year, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida was able to provide nutritious meals to 4,341 men, women and children, with more than 300,000 meals served. Our community of partners, donors and meal serve groups made this possible. We couldn’t do what we do without them.