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Eating on a Budget

Good foods are tasty, nutritious and give us the energy we need to keep up with our busy lives. Healthy foods make us feel good about ourselves and how we are taking care of our health. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your food budget.

It is possible to eat healthy on a budget. Good foods are tasty, nutritious and give us the energy we need to keep up with our busy lives. Healthy foods make us feel good about ourselves and how we are taking care of our health.
Planning start to finish
Planning is a really important part of eating healthy on a tight budget.  Plan your meals and create your shopping list before you go to the grocery store. Whether you want to plan for a couple of days or a week, planning saves time and money. Try planning a menu, making a grocery list, and keeping to a regular shopping schedule. If you plan meals and snacks for a week at a time, you are less likely to stop at the grocery store and purchase items that you do not need.
Get to know the grocery store
Knowing how to navigate the store can help too. Grocery shopping can be challenging, whether it is because the food budget is tight or you feel pressured to purchase name brand, expensive and/or less healthy foods.

Include Traditional foods
Most traditional foods are very nutritious and consuming a blend of traditional food and nutritious market food from the community store will help meet nutritional needs. For more information see Traditional Food for Aboriginal People.

Indigenous communities
It can be especially hard for many Indigenous​ people living in small or remote communities to meet basic food needs. A recent survey in our region found that it costs over 170% more to feed a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) in remote First Nations communities than municipalities in the NWHU region.

For information on access to affordable food for aboriginal people check out Access to Affordable Food for Aboriginal People.
Quick and easy budgeting tips
Explore the top 10 tips from health unit dietitians on making your healthy food budget go farther.
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