I’ve recently been seeing some posts on ways to save money by finding areas in which we can cut our spending.
I’m always interested in reading these types of posts since my family lives on a budget. I have to be honest, the past year and a half has been difficult for my family. Healthcare insurance through my husband’s job sky-rocketed last year to a point that it was going to cost us more than our mortgage payment.
Trying to find affordable private insurance left us with debt when my son had to take an emergency trip to the hospital and bills started pouring in unlike anything we’d ever experienced before.
Praise the Lord, we’ve since found insurance that is working for our family; however, with cost of gas and other living expenses continually rising, it’s been a priority to budget and cut costs where ever we can.
Cutting Food Costs
It seems to me that whenever we talk about a budget, cutting food costs makes the top of the list. I recently read an article by Money Saving Mom where she talks about making a food budget as a way to contribute to your families finances. I was intrigued, however, when I read that a good place to start is $20 per family member per week, I started to shake my head a little bit.
For my family, that would mean $80 per week on groceries.
If you’re a regular reader, you know that for my family and I, real food is a priority. Coupons don’t work for us.
However, as far as eating real food, I think I do a pretty good job of budgeting our groceries while still eating whole, unprocessed foods.
A “Real Food” Food Budget
I’m going to be starting a series on what I do to save our family money on real food.
Some of the topics I’ll be sharing on are…
- The cost saving benefits of owning a grain mill. This is one of my most essential kitchen items that saves my family quite a bit of money. I’ll be sharing my recipes for whole wheat pancakes, bread, buns, rolls, tortillas, english muffins and more. I save so much money by buying my grains in bulk and forgoing the entire bread (highly processed) section completely.
- How to shop wisely at natural chain grocery stores. I wish I could purchase everything locally, however, I do shop at our local Trader Joes and a variety of other chain grocery stores especially during the winter months. It saves my family money on organic and grass fed items that would otherwise break my budget. I’m going to share with you how I shop, what I buy, and most importantly what I’m spending. No, I do not buy processed organic foods
- Stocking your pantry and buying in bulk.
- The cost saving benefits of eating in season.
- Bartering. This is something I am especially thankful for. My family has been able to have a chest freezer full of locally raised, pastured and grass fed meats by bartering. Now that our freezer is getting low, we’ll have to start budgeting in local meat as well. I do not budge on meats or dairy. They must be local, pastured, and grassfed.
- The cost saving benefits of meal planning. I have saved quite a bit of money when I’m diligent in meal planning and then following through.
- The cost saving benefits of shopping at your farmers market. By arriving early and establishing relationships with my local farmers, I have been able to save so much money on local, chemical free produce and meats. I’ll be sharing my tips on how to work it at the farmers market and opening your palate to a variety seasonal foods.
- Of course… grow and raise your own I have an abundance of backyard farm fresh eggs, chicken meat, and vegetables that saves me so much money.
What this does take is time; however, I’m going to also share with you easy ways to get real food on your dinner table every day without much effort.
This should be especially helpful for those that work full time out of the home. Just because your busy, doesn’t mean we can’t figure out how to fit real food into your budget and lifestyle.
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Do you have any cost saving tips on real food you’d like to share? Please share with us in the comments below.