I’ve got a friend who calls Whole Foods “Whole Paycheck”. It’s a bummer for a lot of us, but eating well can be a pricey proposition. Or is it? Dr. Joseph Mercola says a little bit of strategy can go a long way to help even those on a tight budget eat right. We’re reprinting 5 simple tips from his website below.

5 Ways to Afford Whole Foods on a Budget

By Dr. Mercola

Whole food — that is to say, unprocessed and unrefined food — has the reputation of being expensive. But there are many ways to add whole food to your diet while sticking to your budget.

Purchasing healthy whole foods to feed your family is one of the best investments you can make. The nutrients wholesome food provides will allow your family members to maintain their good health, and even in some cases heal from disease, and this is a gift that is truly priceless.

So while you may be able to get a hamburger for $1 at a fast-food drive through – and this may seem like a budget-savvy option – that money is being essentially wasted because the food is doing absolutely nothing beneficial for your health. You’re better off spending that dollar on a pound of string beans or zucchini, or putting it toward a pound of grass-fed meat, than you are throwing it away on processed junk food.

Still, readers have regularly posted that one of the leading obstacles to achieving health is having too limited a budget to maintain a healthy lifestyle … so I want to share some practical tips you can use to help you save money on groceries and still get healthy food.

  1. Buy seasonal: Fruits and vegetables are both cheaper and tastier when purchased in season.
  2. Use the bulk bins: You won’t pay for packaging, labeling and advertising.
  3. Grow your own: A sunny yard or even a window box can add cheap, fresh food to your plate.
  4. Use your freezer: Stock up and freeze when whole food is on sale.
  5. Reduce waste: Don’t let leftovers go to waste.

What tips do you have for peeps who want to eat right on a budget? Share them with us in the comments below.