Food & Nutrition

25 Genius Ways to Get a Healthy Lifestyle on a Budget

Buy store brands

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It’s tempting to buy name brands you’ve seen in ads, but you’ll pay for that prestige. Instead, go for store brands, many of which are nearly identical to the name-brand versions. “Most large food stores, even Whole Foods, now produce their own brands at a more affordable price than the name-brand options,” says health coach Beth Romanski. “For example, the store-brand coconut milk at my local grocery store is $ 1.99 versus $ 3.99 for a name-brand version. It may not seem like much, but every little bit adds up.” Use these healthy food swaps to save money on groceries.

Grow your own

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Eating is practically free if you can grow food in your own backyard. “If you’re new to gardening or don’t think you have a green thumb, start off with a few simple herbs,” says health and wellness expert Caleb Backe. “Herbs are generally pretty resilient and taste way better when they’re freshly picked. Once you get the hang of it, plant some of your favorite foods like tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, peppers, and berries.” Try these expert gardening tips for beginners.

Get cash back

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Use websites like eBates.com to get money back on your groceries. “Ebates is a great website, and if you shop at outlets like Jet and Vitacost, you can get a percentage back on what you spend,” says Jeanette Kimszal, RDN, NLC. “Certain times of year there will also be double cash back. Over the holiday season, I got 9 percent back on my Vitacost order.”

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