Five Tips for Doing Keto on a Budget

If your regular food budget is small but you still want to give the keto diet a try, don’t worry. The good news is that eating a high-quality ketogenic diet on a budget is entirely possible. However, it will take a little bit of extra planning and getting savvy with the resources that you have. In fact, many people find that after the initial investment of replacing the food already in their pantry, it’s easy to end up saving money on a low-carb diet. We’ve put together some top tips to help you save both short- and long-term money when following the keto diet.

 

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Tip #1. Buy in Bulk:

Whenever you can, buying in bulk can make a serious impact on the amount of money that you spend. It can be tempting to buy your keto foods at your regular grocery store or supermarket, but you simply won’t be able to find the same kind of bargains as you would at wholesale stores such as Costco. If you’re buying in bulk, it’s a good idea to spend some time looking around for the best prices. And instead of hitting the big-name grocery store brands, you’ll often find that it’s easier to get bargains and wholesome fresh organic food at local farmers’ markets and butchers. Meat and seafood are a staple of a good ketogenic diet, but these can often put the biggest dents in your budget. If you find meat and seafood at a great price, buy as much as you can to freeze for later.

Tip #2. Cook in Bulk:

In addition to buying in bulk, cooking enough food to last you for a few days can help you make sure that your ingredients are stretching as far as possible. And, batch cooking is a great way to always ensure that you have a supply of healthy meals and snacks in your house, making it easier for you to make the right food choices when you don’t feel like cooking. Sunday is a popular day for meal prep for most people, but pick a day that works well for you depending on your schedule. Spend the day coming up with a meal plan, grocery shopping, and preparing and portioning your meals in easy-to-grab, freezable containers.

Tip #3. Stick to a Shopping List:

Going grocery shopping without a list is a risky move for many people. When you don’t have a list to follow, it can be all too easy to overspend on items that you wouldn’t have bought otherwise. In fact, when you go grocery shopping without a list, there’s a massive 99.9% chance that you’ll buy more than you intended to. Impulse buys are absolutely a real thing, and you may find yourself spending your money on food items that aren’t very helpful for your new keto diet. Going with a list and sticking to it is a great way to help you stay within budget.

Tip #4. Stock Up on Cheap Foods:

There are several foods that are cheap to buy which work well with a ketogenic diet, but be wary of what you’re buying. For example, you may think that beans are a great way to bulk out your keto-friendly meals since they are so high in protein, but bear in mind that most beans also contain a considerable amount of carbohydrates and very little fat, making them unsuitable for a keto diet unless eaten in extreme moderation. If you would like more information on choosing cheap, keto-friendly foods, then check out Ketologic’s article “Can I Eat Beans on Keto?” which goes into more detail on the nutrients that you can find in beans and how well they work on a ketogenic diet, including which are lowest in carbohydrates and how much you can afford to eat.

Tip #5. Shop Online:

If you’re struggling to find good deals on groceries in your local area, shopping online can be a great way to save a substantial amount of money on keto-friendly foods. Amazon, for example, is a very popular online shopping site and it’s not just for buying books and getting good deals. You can also find a wide range of bargain-priced offers on nuts and seeds, spices, nut flours and much more to help you get the best start with your keto diet. And, it could be worth looking into any smaller online businesses that sell fresh food. Today, many organic farmers will also sell online, with plenty of smaller e-commerce businesses selling fresh, healthy and organic produce. Since online shops have less overheads than physical stores, it’s often the best place to find the cheapest prices.

When it comes to successfully sticking to a ketogenic diet on a strict budget, there are plenty of ways to make it work. Do you have any tips for saving money on a keto diet? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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