Real Food on a Budget

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.

Well, that should get you started.

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14 Responses

  1. I will definitely come back to read these articles later today, hopefully. Our food budget can always use tweaking, whether in the whole food category or not.

  2. Thank you so much for these links. I truly need them. I have found it very difficult to stick to our budget since we began making real food changes. I am hopeful that the e-course will help, as well.

  3. This is a great list!! Yes, I often fall into the “but it’s so much more expensive” trap. Thanks so much for sharing:)

  4. Thanks for the great links.
    I think my hardest thing is prioritizing what I must buy first.
    Here it’s cash only for groceries and normally spend $60-70 weekly. Right now I am trying to set $ aside for upcoming purchases like a side of beef, chickens and garden supplies.

  5. Well, that just scared the bad fats right out of me. I was all “go me” on using whole wheat flour and succanat, and now I feel like a worm for not making my own mayonnaise. baby steps, right?

  6. Thanks for the helpful links – I shared them with my hubby who is the main cook in our house. I enjoy the weekend yogurt and bread making on the weekend (and I am trying your granola recipe with some added nuts, rasins and seeds.

    It seems as if we are spending more on groceries right now but not a ton more. I would love to spend $400 a month on groceries for a family of 4.

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