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Friday, January 16, 2015

Tips to Save Money while Eating Healthy + Healthy AND Frugal Meal Ideas


We're all looking for healthy recipes but a lot of times those healthy recipes call for ingredients that you might not have all the time in your pantry. We're all about healthy meals that don't break the bank here and wanted to share some of our favorites with you and also some tips!

Simple Tips on Saving Money While Eating Healthy:
  • Start using that dusty old spice rack to give your recipes a little more flavor. You will use this often when preparing your own healthy meals at home. You can buy spices in bulk at Whole Foods Market at very reasonable prices. 
  • Buy extra when an item goes on sale, especially if it is shelf stable (chicken broth, beans, etc) or can be frozen and used later (meats). We've even dedicated one of our hall closets as our "bulk" closet.
  • We've had pretty good success scoring coupons by emailing the vendors that market the products that we frequently purchase. Most of the time you can reach them by going to the "Contact Us" section of their website; however, it's often as simple as signing up for their email newsletter!
  • Check the front of the store where you shop for coupons. Whole Foods Market has their The Whole Deal booklets right when you walk in, that are full of recipes and coupons. Browse through these before you start shopping to see if there is a coupon for something on your list.

Don't be fooled...eating out is very expensive. It adds up quickly although most people just pay attention to their grocery store total vs their restaurant bill. We love to buy ingredients that we can use in many different recipes and make the most cost effective meals we can. Below we share with you some of our favorites and an approximate total for each. We think it's a small price to pay when you can control exactly what is going in your food and how it is prepared.

Our Favorite Healthy AND Frugal Meal Ideas:
With all of this food talk, you might be wondering about our activity this week...well, Scott and I decided to have a "friendly" competition with our steps. ;-) We probably spent more time than necessary in Whole Foods Market trying to outdo each other. So far we are pretty close, but Scott is lagging behind by 3,522 steps (not that anyone is counting or anything) according to our Garmin vívofit. We'll see who wins by Sunday.

P.S. We will be doing a giveaway for a Whole Foods Market gift card and a Garmin vívofit so stay tuned for the rest of our series in the #PathToFit posts!

This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Garmin. All opinions are 100% mine.


  1. Your post is encouraging for those who prepare their own meals. Eating outside can indeed be very expensive. You proved that eating and cooking in your own house does not only help save money, but it also gives you the assurance of cleanliness. But most importantly, you get to spend more time with our loved ones. Anyway, I also love “Salsa Chicken” on your meal idea, and I found that interesting enough to try next time. Thank you!

    Melissa Newman

    1. Yes, you are correct that eating at home provides the opportunity to spend more quality time with loved ones! I love that you pointed that out! :-) Thank you for commenting Melissa!


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