SAVING ON JUNK FOOD REALLY WORTH IT?
It seems like the months are flying by. Just when I write one article it is time to write another one! I was reading an interesting article the other day. It was about how buying and eating junk food isn’t necessarily cheaper than buying and eating healthy foods. I have always thought this. However, it does come off that by buying unhealthy and processed foods it does lead to a lower grocery bill. There are always more coupons for unhealthy items than healthy items. Then there the coupon shows. People buying endless and endless amounts of items and getting them for free, or close to it. While I do like that for toiletries, not so much for food items. What you usually end of with are endless amounts of boxes of sugar filled cereals, raman noodles, mac and cheese and boxes of other processed foods. But I am going to ask the question. If you are saving on your grocery bill now…are you saving yourself in healthcare costs in the future? Which in the end, ends up costing you more?
Junk food is convenient. I will give you that. Nothing says convenient, after a long day at work, than pulling out a frozen pizza, stauffers lasagna or chicken nuggets, and feeding your family. But with modern conveniences of the crock pot, a broiler etc… you can make dinner just as fast all it takes is some preparation. When do you do that!? You have 6 full days and 23 hours left of the 7th if you take one hour, one day per week, to prepare for your meals the next week. Here are some ideas for doing this.
1. Plan your meals! Write out what you want for dinner all week. Don’t forget about breakfast and lunch too. You can take leftovers for lunch. Write out the ingredients you will need.
2. Still worried about time to cook during the week? Plan your meals around the crock pot. Make it on the weekends and then freeze it. There is nothing wrong with frozen foods. Just when they are filled with a bunch of other stuff that will make you sick.
3. Utilize all of the food. You can make chicken broth with leftover bones. Made a roast? Use the leftover meat for sandwiches. Or maybe a shepherd’s pie.
The relatively small extra cost you may pay for groceries now will pay for itself in the decreased health costs down the road. Why pay for foods that will make you sick. You wouldn’t pay for anything else that would make you sick.