I often hear it is too expensive to eat healthy. Fresh fruits and vegetables cost too much and are not in the budget. Let’s take a closer look. I went to the store this week and did some comparisons. Here is what I found (all prices are per pound).
Carrots 60¢ Chicken (cut) $1.84
Green beans 99¢ Pork chops $3.99
Sweet potatoes 79¢ Ground beef $2.69
Romaine Lettuce 56¢ Bratwurst $2.39
Lentils 99¢ Bacon $2.89
Oatmeal 75¢ Hot Dogs $2.99
Oranges 59¢ Potato chips $4.56
Watermelon 99¢ Scalloped potatoes (box) $2.97
Chickpeas 99¢ Frozen pizza $3.29
Black beans 99¢ Cheddar Cheese $4.29
Tomatoes 99¢ Healthy Choice frozen dinner $3.91
Rice 99¢ Fruit Loops $3.66
All of the healthy foods in the left column are under $1.00 a pound. People who attend the CHIP wellness program and learn how to make healthy choices discover they save on average 30% on their food bill. Eating healthy does not have to cost a fortune.
With all of us looking where we can save money these days, eating healthy whole foods is a bargain – not only in dollars, but also in our health. Want to save money? Eat healthy!