Tips For Eating Healthy On A Budget

By Bushra Davila, MBA, RD, LDN |

Food provides the nutrients we need, especially as we age. Eating healthy makes a difference in our health and improves how we feel and our sense of well-being. Here are some tips and ideas so that “healthy” doesn’t equate to expensive when it comes to nutrition:

Plan Ahead

  • Before going to the grocery store, check store flyers to look for nutritious foods on sale.
  • Plan your meals and snacks for the next few days or weeks based on those items on sale.
  • Remember that meals like stews and casseroles extend more expensive items like meat into more servings.
  • Make a shopping list of foods you need and buy only the items on your list.

Be a Smart Shopper

Buy nutrient-dense foods such as:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Whole-grain bread & cereals
  • Lean meats and seafood
  • Other proteins like eggs, beans, or unsalted nuts

Need Help Buying Food?

If you need financial help to buy groceries, there are several federal programs to help older adults on a limited budget:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to help those in need purchase healthy foods. Go here to see if you are eligible.
  • Local senior centers – Many community centers offer free or inexpensive meals for older adults. Home-delivered meals may be available for people that can’t leave their homes.
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program – provides help to adults over 60 with vegetables, fruits, grains, dry beans, and canned meats to supplement their food supply.

For more tips on healthy grocery shopping, download our guide!