Real Food on a Budget

UPDATE:  The Linky is live.

My friend Mindi over at Moms Need To Know is hosting a Linky today for Real Food on a Budget posts so I’m digging up a post conveniently titled Real Food on a Budget that I wrote back in February.  I’m also excited to tell you that I’m currently reviewing a book on this subject that I will be able to share with you in a few weeks.  I’ve been comparing prices recently, and it’s quite eye opening.  For now, I will re-publish my post from February.  Be sure to check out these links if you missed them the first time, and then head on over to Moms Need To Know for more helpful posts.

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Originally published February 17, 2010

The way I see it, there are two main road blocks to eating real food:  time and money.  Doesn’t everything come back to that?

So I decided to google “real food on a budget” and see what helpful tips I could come up with.  Ironically, 5 of the top 7 hits are blogs that I already subscribe to.  Here are some articles that  might help if you want to eat more of a whole food diet but aren’t sure how you’re going to afford it:

Eating Real Food on a Budget — Food Renegade says, “There are two components to eating Real Food on a budget. One is learning what foods to prioritize sourcing well, and the other is learning how to manage your kitchen properly to stretch those dollars.”  And she goes on to give advice on both points in her post.  This is a must-read.

Nourishing Food on a Budget and Feeding the Hungry — Nourishing Gourmet.  Kimi shares her thoughts on the topic and a few tips for how she extends her budget.

Saving Money While Eating Real Food — Naturally Knocked Up.  Donielle shares how she budgets for food, and she does it on $300 a month.  I’m going to consider this envelope system because I spend, well, a lot more than that on our food.

Eating Healthy on a Budget — 12 Tips — Kelly the Kitchen Kop shares 12 practical tips for making real food affordable.  There’s a lot of great advice in this article.  It’s definitely worth a read.

A Peek at Our Real Food Budget — Passionate Homemaking.  Lindsay shares her real food budget.  I found this post incredibly fascinating, not only do you see her budget, but what she prioritizes.  Since reading this article, I’ve begun making a trip to Trader Joes one of my weekly stops.  Now I need to learn to can fruit and tomatoes.  GAH.