Is a cheaper way of eating the best option?

Is it really in your best interest to buy cheap processed foods – or just get cheaper fresh ingredients and make from scratch?

I have been researching the various ways in which people are looking to cut their spending habits. As major spending is on grocery shopping this seems to be the easiest way for us to “cut corners” and buy cheap processed meals. Do you actually know what goes into these foods, what are long term affects and is it really cheaper in the long run?

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So the next time you go shopping will you steer towards fresh ingredients or back to the budget aisle? Would love to hear your comments.

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  1. I have taken a keen interest in this myself and have been making observations as to how the supermarkets behave in terms of healthy eating. The offers and deals are out there, the problem is they are dotted around the supermarkets making them difficult and time consuming to find. A parent doing the weekly shop with their children must find it extremely difficult to locate the offers on healthy food when they have bored children in tow. However, all the cheap processed foods can usually be found on the one isle, making it easier for the shopper to quickly load their trolley with unhealthy processed foods which usually have a high salt and sugar content. It beggars belief that there is not a section where you can easily locate the everyday ingredients to stock a pantry and encourage a healthy lifestyle. For people who think fresh fruit in veg will be wasted in their house, why not try frozen vegetable which can easily taken out handfuls at a time when needed without any waste. There are lots of tricks to help with the cost of eating healthy with the former being just one. With the rising obesity crisis it is about time supermarkets were encouraged by the government to do their bit and help out, with the NHS at near breaking point this is an issue which simply cannot be ignored. We pay heavy tax on cigarettes and alcohol because of the heath issues they bring, well why not start taxing fatty, sugary foods and drinks that are helping to bring our cherished NHS to its knees. I do also feel children would be much better off by learning how to cook and budget for healthy food whilst in school, prevention is better than cure.

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