4 Steps To Healthy Eating On A Budget

17 Jan 2018 - Michael Frigger - 3 minutes

4 Steps To Healthy Eating On A Budget

Wellness advisor Kavisha Jega is stepping up to the plate today (how's that for a pun) and sharing with us some of her awesome tips to eat healthy whilst maintaining your budget.

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I know, trying to consistently eat healthily can (sometimes) be ridiculously expensive. BUT! It can be done on a budget with a bit of effort.

After moving interstate and spending all my savings setting up my new life, my apartment and my business, I’m not exactly rolling in the dough. However, one thing I’ve learnt how to do is be thrifty with my money, especially in the food department.

Keep in mind, I’m still eating amazing food - fresh, local and (mostly) organic, with a little bit left over for eating out at new cafes and restaurants.

Want to know how I do it? Here are my top tips.

Shop at your local farmers' markets

If you can’t afford to buy from the local organic store, the produce at the farmers' markets are generally fresher and cheaper than what’s available in the supermarkets.

Local and seasonal produce is usually more reliable than produce that has been imported from overseas.

Most farmers' markets have stalls where you can buy fresh bread, eggs, cheese and meat. It’s your one stop shop for your weekly food shop.

Head here to find a farmers market near you.

Eat less meat

I love a good quality piece of meat or seafood (especially salmon), eating less meat will help you save money. I’m not pushing the trendy vegan trend, but eating meat one or two times less each week will do wonders for your budget.

Usually, I’ll alternate between a meat day (where I’ll eat meat for either lunch or dinner) and a day of vegetarian eating.

I also tend to stock up on cheaper cuts of meat and seafood such as organic beef mince (which I buy in bulk and freeze) or tinned sardines (which are HIGHLY nutritious and super cheap).

These guys have an awesome rundown on cheaper cuts of meat.

Plan your meals in advance

Planning my meals in advance has really helped me save, not only money, but also time.

I’ll cook up a massive batch of dinner on Sunday or Monday night and then portion into lunches for the rest of the week (packing your lunch is a huge time saver).

I’ll buy enough veggies at the markets to last me the whole week (so I don’t have to go back to the shops) and eat those that go bad quicker at the start of the week.

Big batches of quinoa and pesto are your soon to be new best friends. Keep them in the fridge for whenever you need a quick meal.

Carry snacks around with you

Always carry an apple and a jar of mixed nuts around with you (easier if you’re a girl with a handbag, sorry men).

Or if you work a desk job, keeping a stash of healthy snacks on your desk (fruit, nuts, bliss balls) will stop you from leaving the office to buy something when you’re feeling peckish (those $5 snacks add up).

Healthcare is expensive. Spending even the little money you have now on good food can help prevent you from becoming sick and actually save money in the long run.

Now you can, with the healthy eating budgeting tips above.

Michael Frigger

Michael Frigger


Michael enjoys long walks along the beach accompanied by a glass of fine wine with a side of vegemite and crackers. Whilst he's not doing that, he's doing his part to help Australians better their personal finances through CashMaster.