Many of the residents in Mt. Vernon Towers live based on monthly budgets. And it can be challenging to find health food at reasonable costs. But there are ways you can save money AND eat healthy, building a diet that features fresh fruits and vegetables, non-processed meats, other goodies that your doctor would approve of. Here are some ideas:
- Coupons. Many stores run specials on fresh foods as well as processed or canned. Watch for sales and specials, and you can find yourself saving money on really good meals.
- Buy in bulk. Hard to do with fresh foods that have short shelf life, but Mt. Vernon residents sometimes team up to get good deals. And there are some foods that are healthy that will last—brown rice or quinoa, for example.
- Know which fruits and vegetables are usually inexpensive. Items that are usually priced well include apples, oranges, and bananas for fruits. For veggies, look for cabbage, dark leafy greens, carrots, and bell peppers.
- Visit farmer’s markets. We have some good ones in the area, and you can get the freshest of foods often for lower-than-grocery-store prices.
- Use your freezer for good quality meats, fish, and other items that can stand up to the cold. Your freezer can help you take advantage of sales, and save you the expense of going to the store once you have a stash of good food on hand.
- Stay hydrated. This makes you feel better and fresh foods can help. You may also notice you don’t feel as hungry if your body’s not craving water.
- The restaurants at Mt. Vernon Towers offer a variety of fresh, healthy food options, too. Often, in fact, you may find that a great meal value (without having to cook) is very close to home.