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How to Make a Cheap Healthy Meal Plan in the New Year

There’s no denying it. Meal planning takes work. And when you are on a strict budget and want to make healthy meals for your family, meal planning may seem daunting.

The key is to combine concepts of healthy eating and money-saving strategies during the meal planning process. This guide will help you integrate these three things to conquer mealtime in no time. 

Check your grocery store ads for sales once you plan meals around what you have on hand. Then, plan the remainder of your meals based on foods on sale that week.

Meal Plan Around Sales

Use Your Leftovers

Integrate leftovers into your healthy meal plan by cooking up large batches of meals to either use within the same meal plan or freeze to use in the future.  

Use In-Season Produce

Check the frozen aisle first if you need out-of-season produce for a particular recipe.  Frozen fruits and vegetables are as healthy as the fresh versions and are typically cheaper.  

Buy in Bulk

If you plan to buy in bulk, keep a list of the food you frequently purchase and the food’s lowest price to help you spot deals.

Eat One Meatless Meal Per Week

If you are trying to keep food costs low and make cheap meals for your family, eliminating meat from at least one meal a week can help.  

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