By Amy K
As a Dietitian I hear it over and over again… “It’s to expensive to eat healthy!” Seriously people it is not! It is expensive to not eat real food! It irks me that frozen pizzas are $10, a box of Rice 0 Roni is $1 something and people complain that healthy real food is too expensive when you can get fresh ingredients to make things from scratch for way cheaper! It is more about nourishing your body with simple ingredients that will satisfy you and make you feel great rather than sluggish and tired.
13 Ways to Save Money on Real & Organic Food
1. Create a realistic budget and stick with it!
I tend to be the irrational one in our family. I dream of this super tiny food budget that is completely unrealistic. Our grocery budget is $400 a month which includes toiletries and a date night. This is also before I started gardening so hopefully this summer we will see our food budget decrease a lot. We also use all cash so once the money is out we are out of luck.
2. Organize a Food Run:
You’re probably thinking what the heck is a food run? There is probably a better/different name for this. Basically one person organizes a weekly or biweekly pickup of different items needed for the best product and cost available. We do this two ways. First my hubby picks up raw milk weekly for ourselves and 2 other families. Secondly, our friend drives to a larger city every other week to pick up organic grass fed meat directly from the farm, for us and probably 10 others, that is really inexpensive. We can get ground beef for $3.49 per lb and #3.69 per lb for chuck roast. That is half the price as our Neighborhood Co-op! Not only does this save us money, but it also is eco-frienly since he is making one trip rather than 10 people making 10 trips.
3. Shop local:
Head to the local farmers market. Not only is it fun, but it is also economical and you can get great deals especially when you start establishing relationships with the farmers.
4. Stock up when things are on sale and buy in bulk:
Buying a whole or half cow or any animal will save you tons of money! Too much meat for you? Get a bunch of people to go in with you. Purchase other grains in bulk. No place for a large bag of rice? Our local co-op has bulk bins which give you great bulk prices but you can purchase as much or as little as you need.
5. Grow your own food:
Growing your own food is one of the most frugal and healthful things you can do! Especially when you start your food from seeds. This year we planted carrots, tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, and beans. I’m praying things grow well and I don’t kill everything. We also have strawberries, apples, figs, and blueberries and will be adding a peach tree and raspberry bushes. We don’t live on 5 acres or even one, but 0.17 of an acre. It’s all about planning. Check out this post where I share some great resources.
6. Learn to preserve the food:
When you grow lots of food you should preserve it so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all year. Can, freeze, dry, and prepare meals in bulk ahead of time. You can also preserve food you get at rock bottom prices.
7. Make your own food:
Pinterest is a wonderful thing especially when it comes to food. Search for healthified recipes for your favorite meals or snack foods and create them yourself.
8. Be meat conscience:
Instead of serving a chicken breast with veggies, pasta, and bread, stretch your meat by shredding it. We make a whole chicken and least two times per month and eat on that one chicken for the whole week, plus we make broth from the bones.
9. Meal prep ahead of time:
Make a weeks or months worth of meals in an afternoon. You can prepare them in advance and freeze them or just prep some healthy ingredients you need for the week. If anyone is like me then wanting to cook only happens about 1-2 times per week. So I will make 2 large meals that will be great for leftovers or make basic foods that can be used in other dishes.
10. Know what you already have in the pantry:
I’m horribly guilty of this. We go to the store and I’ll say “hubs we need this. Wait do we already have that? I don’t remember I’ll just grab another.” Bad Amy bad! This is how you spend more money then you have to.
11. Just because it is organic doesn’t mean it’s healthy!
I feel like I should repeat that. Just because it’s organic or says all natural doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Processed foods, snacks, drinks (juice, soda, water), and other extra types of things can break the bank and are really not healthy. The easiest way to save money is to not buy these! Very rarely will we ever buy these extra things.
12. Creating a weekly or biweekly meal plan based on what’s in season:
When foods are in season they are much less expensive, so try to plan meals based on the foods you can get locally and in season. Live Simply shares her weekly menu on her blog.
13. Raise backyard animals:
This idea is not for everyone, but is a great way to save money and possibly even make money. We have 10 chickens on our tiny land and get at least 5 eggs per day. Which is too many for us to eat daily so we sell some of the extras. We have Buff Orpintons, which are a heritage breed, so after they stop laying we can also eat them (still undecided on this one). They also act as our compost bin and give us great fertile soil to add to the garden.
There you have it: 13 ways you can save money while eating real organic food! You have any more tips? I would love to hear them!
By Amy K
Hey everyone! This week has been kind of a whirl wind! I feel like I haven’t really caught up since going on vacation and this week I will be at a work conference for a few days.
This week I shared…
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By Amy K
Hair mousse lovers rejoice, because you now have a natural product to keep your hair curly all day! I always get excited about creating a new product. This time around I’m even more excited! This is super easy to whip together and works great for curly hair. I have been trying to figure out a good replacement for mousse. Naturally, my hair is wavy curly and the only thing that would work to hold the curls together without making it crunchy was mousse. Problem was, making a natural version seemed impossible. I’ve been marinating on the idea for 3 years now… Seriously 3 years… One day I saw my aloe vera gel on the counter and thought “why not make a spray gel?” And wa la that’s how ideas are made.
DIY Natural Spray Gel
- 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 tbs of sugar
- 10 drops Essential oils (if you are afraid you might attract bugs, use a bug repellant scent like mint or lavender)
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil (you can probably substitute another liquid oil)
- (Fine mist glass spray bottle or plastic spray bottle)
Directions: Dissolve sugar in warm water and allow to cool (place in the fridge for a few minutes to speed up the process). Once cooled combine aloe vera gel, sugar water, vitamin E oil, and essential oils. Place in a fine mist spray bottle.
To use: After washing your hair or wetting it down, comb it through. Then apply spray gel rubbing it through your hair. I usual like to allow my hair to air dry for a few minutes before applying the spray gel. Then I let my hair air dry until it is almost completely dry, finishing it by using a blow dryer and scrunching it. But everybody’s hair is a little different so do what you know works for your curly hair.
On the second day after I’ve worn my hair curly, I refresh the curls by lightly wetting my hair and spraying it with a little more spray gel, working it through with my hands, and blow drying it on low while scrunching.
Side note: This is powerful stuff so you don’t need to go crazy spraying a ton on. Once you use it a few times you will get the hang on how much to use for your hair.
The best part about this spray gel is you know all the ingredients that are going into this product and don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals. Even if it’s just your hair, your skin still absorbs around 80% of what you put on it so if you’re using harmful chemicals in your hair and they get on your skin then your skin will absorb some of those chemicals.
Are you a hair mousse lover? Ready to give a natural product a shot?
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