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Shopping for truly healty foods isn’t cheap or easy. In fact, there can be a lot of difficult choices to make when deciding what to buy. Is it necessary to go all organic? What about meat? In what areas can you compromise?
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What on my Food?
I’ll expand on some of those links in future posts. But, that’s some good starting information. This is some of the stuff I take into account when buying food for my family. One great way to save money on meat is to buy a large order from a local farm, which we’re doing (125 lbs.). I’ll detail that in another post. Beyond that, though, my grocery shopping looks like this:
My Shopping List
Produce ($30 – $50)
I buy produce for snacks, as well as whatever meals we’re planning to have. Here is a general list of what I buy each week:
*Frozen, mixed vegetables
*Dried garbanzo beans
*Tomatoes (when my garden is done)
Animal Products ($50 – $75)
*Pastured chicken/turkey bones
*Boneless, skinless chicken breast
*Bacon (nitrite and nitrate free)
*Ground turkey (we’re moving away from this, towards beef)
*Raw, grass-fed cheese (on occasion; we’re trying this with Bekah)
Baking ($20 – $40)
* Coconut flour+
* Gluten-free all purpose flour (we’re moving away from this for now)
* Almond flour+
* Coconut oil+
*Raw honey (local)
* Coconut milk+
Miscellaneous ($10 – $50)
*Anything else we need (fabric, candle wax, mason jars, etc.)
How To Make It Work For You
It’s a big list, and it takes awhile. I shop around a lot to make sure I get the best prices on everything. What I can buy local (at farmer’s markets, Whole Foods’ selection, etc.) I do. You may notice that everything on these lists is whole, fresh ingredients. There are no processed or pre-cooked foods, not even organic ones. That does save a lot of money. It means a lot more work, of course, because literally EVERYTHING has to be processed in some way (even if it’s just rinsing and cutting) before it can be eaten. It doesn’t bode well for fast meals, which is why I spend most of the weekend preparing foods for the following week, especially lunches. That way I can grab something fast. But, this is a much healthier and cheaper approach.
On items I would buy non-organic anyway, I will sometimes shop at Walmart or wherever is the cheapest. There’s a local health food store, Raisin Rack, that actually has organic produce cheaper than some of Walmart’s conventional! So it does pay to shop around. But, I frequent places like Walmart or Sam’s Club for purchases like toilet paper or other goods. Coops are also a good money-saver, if you can find them.
What do you buy for your weekly groceries? How do you save money on healthy foods?
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