Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Personally, I find grocery shopping to be a fun activity, but not when it costs me a fortune! Rising food prices can make it harder to eat healthy without spending the farm, but fortunately I have some great tips to help you keep up those healthy habits without depleting your bank account!

Buy frozen!
Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is great because they are half the price of fresh and typically have incredibly long shelf life and you can buy them in bulk. I love using frozen berries in my morning yogurt drizzled with honey!

Buy generic!
There is nothing wrong with buying the store brand instead of the designer food brands, and often I find I like them better! You’ll save money because of the packaging and advertising. Typically, I like to buy generic pasta, eggs, milk, frozen fruits and vegetables, oatmeal and cereal.

Buy in bulk!
Keep your eye out for store promotions on this one – things like rice, pasta, oatmeal, cereal, and snack foods are easy to buy in bulk. (double points if you can get them on sale!)

Buy foods in season!
This one pertains more to fruits and vegetables, as they are so much cheaper when you buy the ones that are in season. And foods that are grown in season will taste better too! Broccoli and berries in the summer, apples and squash in the fall, and root vegetables and citrus fruits in the winter are some good examples.

Get a customer card!
This one is a great decision for the stores that you frequent. A lot of grocery stores hold sales for customers that are card holders. Getting a card will definitely save you money and will typically earn you rewards like store gift cards, total win win. Your local Marianos and Jewel Osco both offer these ( As I have both ☺ )

Be mindful of unit prices!
This one is key – make sure to check the unit price of the serving size. Big packages are often cheaper than small ones, so make sure to check the label before purchasing.

Avoid impulse buying!
This one can be hard for me when I am grocery shopping and just shopping in general! Stores make it so easy to think you need things as you’re in the check-out lane. Take my advice and go to the grocery store with a set list, and do not go shopping hungry!

With these tips you’re sure to succeed at healthy grocery shopping without breaking the bank!

Meet the Author

Hillary Macias


My name is Hillary Macias, I graduated from the University of Mississippi with my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed my dietetic internship through the University of Delaware. I am currently studying for the R.D. exam and working at Chicago Family Health Center as a Nutrition Specialist. Chicago has such a fantastic Nutrition/Fitness community and I have been actively trying to stay as involved as I can!
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