Now that you’ve read a book on better nutrition, it’s clear that you need to change the way your family eats. In fact, it was so convincing that it’s possible you might die tomorrow if you don’t switch all your food over to the organic, raw, sprouted food today!
Whoa! Hold on for a minute. Yes, eating better food is a very important step to getting healthy and losing weight, but stressing out about doing that will create more health problems than just continuing to eat the way you are right now. Over spending on “healthy” food is also going to create stress in your life. To further complicate matters, many of us live on a tighter budgets, which makes purchasing higher quality food seem like an impossibility, and can be extremely discouraging. Oh no, I just said the "b" word–budget.
Let’s see, how many of you have heard of Dave Ramsey? Yep! I see those hands…quite a few. How many have attended one of his classes? Oh yes, several! My husband and I are currently in the middle of one of these classes and I must admit, really enjoying it. He’s funny, practical and real. One of the crazy things we’ve decided to do is start paying for things with cash. This is literally with a cash envelope system. The reality of what we spend, or try to spend, on food has been very eye-opening.
If you’ve ever tried to do a budget, you know how frustrating that can be. Learning how much you need for each category is even more hairy, especially if you are trying to keep it tight and pay down debts or save money. Add in a big family and it feels impossible to afford healthy food! I make no claims to be proficient with spending less money, but here are a few ways we have learned to eat healthy and save dollars.
Food Budget Tips:
Purchase a whole or half a beef from a local farmer/rancher one time per year. Doing this usually means you get all you beef cuts for the price of hamburger or less.
Check for bulk food suppliers in your area such as: www.azurestandard.com
Purchase more when things are on sale. If peanut butter is $2 off per jar, that’s your cue to buy at least 4.
Shop and cook with what’s on sale. (Okay, that's obvious but how often do you actually do it?)
Freeze leftovers for quick meals. If you know you have something you can make quick at home, you'll be less likely to grab the quick packaged stuff.
Keep frozen veggies on hand for a fast addition to supper on days when the fresh veggies are gone. Yes, fresh veggies are best but frozen is 2nd and canned is pretty much worthless.
Tips from The Nourishing Gourmet
Now it's your turn! What are your favorite ways to save on healthy food? Share them in the comments below so we can all learn from each other!
Kayla Howard is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom who loves to teach the T-Tapp method of staying fit in 15 minutes a day from the comfort of your own home. She is a Biblical Health Coach and Senior T-Tapp Trainer, certified to teach all forms of T-Tapp. If you’d like to know more about becoming and staying fit and healthy, Kayla is happy to answer your questions! Send an email to: email@example.com