Having a budget should not mean that people need to go without healthy foods in their diet. Although in many cases, these foods are slightly more expensive than other food items, healthy food purchases can be worked into a budget in many ways.
Looking for sales is one way to maintain a healthy diet. Seasonal food items like avocados, fresh fruit and veggies, and fish are often on sale during specific times throughout the year, meaning that they can be purchased for less than the usual cost. As the seasons change, the prices will too, but this allows for a rotating variety of foods to be consumed throughout the year that will not break the bank.
For those foods that do not go on sale, working them into the current budget can also be a good way to ensure that they are consumed. Cutting back on different parts of the budget (shopping, vacationing, luxuries, etc) will allow for more health food purchases and may even help in the long run.
Researching the food that will be consumed is important as well. Though packaged foods tend to be less “healthy” than fresh ones, in many cases there are prepackaged options that can be healthier than others. Knowing exactly what is in the product will help people stick to a balanced and healthy diet.