If you've been following my real food diet posts this week it may be sticking in the back of your mind...but how does she do all this on a budget? Well, would you believe that it only costs us about $150 a month to eat organic and natural real foods? Not too bad. Here is how I maintain our healthy diet on a budget.
- I take advantage of surplus/discount stores. We get up to Robbs(Belle Fourche, SD) about once a month, maybe a little less. I often find flour there for $1.25 for 5lbs(King Arthur) and various other organic canned veggies and more. I don't spend too much money here but I do occasionally find some goodies.
- I buy in bulk. ALOT. This is my main shopping source. I buy most of our foods in bulk and I preserve it accordingly when I need to. I order from our co-op Azure Standard each month for our staples. I also purchase a few items at Sam's Club(like Tillamook Cheese(no hormones), Maple Syrup, ect)
- I order produce through Bountiful Baskets. Right now we get this every 2 weeks. I order the organic basket for $25. Right now it's taking us a month to get through 1 basket. I won't order throughout the summer but this will be super handy and cheap for the winter.
- I stock up on things like butter when I find an awesome deal, no matter where it is. On our recent trip to Wisconsin I found butter on sale for 1.99. I can't find it for less than 2.70lb here if I'm lucky and we go through alot. I brought 20lbs home with me in a cooler and it was well worth it since we had the room. This tactic also goes for other things. I recently go t a deal on organic roma tomatoes (.63lb) I bought 50lbs and canned them up so we will have tomatoes until the garden comes in.
- Meal planning. This has been essential to keeping organized and knowing what food I need when.
- Having a garden and preserving, preserving, preserving. Since this is basically free it's the very best way to eat cheap on a real foods diet.
I rarely go to the grocery store anymore since I order most of my food through co-ops and grow the rest. That alone has saved money since I'm not tempted by all the yummies in the store.
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