Tricia, of Farmish Momma blog, invited me to join her Real Food on a Real Budget series and asked if I’d like to contribute a guest post. (Whoops, I made a blooper on the series name when I asked Jeff to make the graphic above. And just realized that now. Oh well, you get the idea.) As soon as Tricia asked me I was really excited about the idea. I thought: ‘Now, here’s a topic I’m passionate about! Something near and dear to my heart. Something that we could all help each other with so much, by sharing what we’ve learned with one another.’ Real food, as you know, is so important to our family. But how do you afford the healthy food you want to be eating, on a budget? I was eager to hear from others in the series about their discoveries (I have some catching up to do and can’t wait to read all that’s been shared so far. You can find the whole series here) and looked forward to sharing some things we’ve learned ourselves. If this is a topic that interests you too, you can read my guest post here. There was so much to say and I could have kept going, but it gives a good idea of different things our family does to save money when it comes to food. (And we still have much to learn, of course. We’d love to be eating more seafood and would like to learn how to do that affordably!) If you have some tips you’d like to share, please do so in the comments! I’d love to hear your ideas about real food on a real budget! (Thanks for inviting me over to your space Tricia, I had fun writing the post!)
*Edited to add: some things I thought of later, after writing this post: Look over your receipt after you leave the grocery store to see how much things actually cost. There have been times when something was on sale and I thought I was getting a good deal, only to glance at my receipt in the car and realize it wasn’t a great deal at all. It can be hard to guess sometimes when prices are by weight. For example, when some broccoli was on sale it seemed like it was a good deal and I got some. It ended up costing a lot for very little edible part and wasn’t the most economical option. The next time you go to the store, you’ll have a better idea of what to buy if you pay attention to your receipts.
These days I’m a fan of these sardines. Heads of organic lettuce are very inexpensive and you can stretch them into several salads. Some sardines on a salad with some homemade dressing (oil and vinegar) make an instant and nutritious meal. I’m also a big fan of making soups for eating on a budget. I love them with a bone broth base and lots of vegetables. They’re very nourishing and filling and make your food dollar stretch a long way.