Unfortunately medical bills is one of the most common reasons people file for bankruptcy. With approximately 70% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, most of us are one medical catastrophe from being overwhelmed by medical bills. It is estimated that one in five American struggled with medical debt in 2011. The bottom line: Health care is expensive, so you need to take preventive measures to ensure you stay healthy. One of the best preventive measures is eating healthy foods, but how can you do that on a budget? Here are some tips.
- Frozen berries are just as nutritious as fresh berries but cost less and last for longer.
- Oatmeal is a great breakfast with fruit (think frozen berries from above) and nuts but instant can cost too much. Try to buy a huge canister of quick oats for a cost-effective option.
- Need salt? Kale chips are less calories and cheaper than ready made veggie chips. Just spray the kale with cooking spray, season with salt, and bake at 350° for about 15 minutes.
- Canned salmon still has those healthy omega-3s but is more budget friendly than fresh salmon.
- Use tofu in smoothies instead of whey protein powder.
- Eat dried fruit and and nuts as a satisfying snack rather than store bought granola bars.
- Don’t be afraid of bruised produce.
- Stock up on staples.
- Plan meals ahead of time.
- Eat before going to the grocery store.
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