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Eating Well on a Tight Budget

By Brandi Goodman

It can be difficult to eat healthy when you have little money. Value menus at fast food places offer cheeseburgers and fries for just a couple of bucks, while your salad will cost more than double. You can grab a donut for under one dollar from a bakery, but a healthy alternative will run much more. You can still eat well on a tight budget. You just have to take some steps to make that possible and avoid going for the cheaper solutions.

Eat at Home

Chances are, you're grabbing more than a one-dollar value burger when you're eating out. Fries and a drink are often added to complete the meal. If you're eating at an actual restaurant, the price will be far more expensive for just one person's meal. Eating at home can help you save money in the long-run. Get a box of brown rice, some chicken, and veggies and you'll be spending far less than you would on everyone's fast food or restaurant bill. 

Shop Sales

Stores run sales regularly. Look online at the store's website where you shop and find the current sale prices. You can clip coupons and save big on your shopping. They may even have some good in-store sales the day you go. Buy those items rather than whatever comes to mind. 

Choose Low-Sodium

Canned foods are pretty cheap compared to the fresh stuff. They also have added sodium and other ingredients to keep them safe to eat for longer. Find the low-sodium labels to help you prevent taking in far too much salt and harming your heart health. As long as you're picking foods low in salt content and calories, canned versions are fine to eat.

Get Local Help

You may not have to spend anything. There are lots of local and nearby agencies offering assistance for food. You can sign up for food assistance with your state's Department of Social Services, for one. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be able to receive money on a card each month to help you purchase healthy foods. If you don't qualify, there are still food banks you can go to. Many schools and churches hold them regularly and provide food to the community -- free of charge. Many include fruits, vegetables, bread, and other nutritional items. 

Eating well on a tight budget can be difficult, but it isn't possible. Do what you can to get assistance when it's truly needed. Otherwise, shop sales, eat at home, and choose low-sodium canned foods when you're able to get the most nutritious options for the cost. Don't grab the junk and fast food because it's cheaper. It will cost you far more in the long-run when your health issues arise because of it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pasadena, Calif.

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