Works for Me: Real Food On A Real Budget

This giveaway is closed, and the winner is #25 — Kristen M. Congratulations, Kristen, and big thanks to Stephanie for offering this giveaway!

good-frugal-food-book-cover221Over the past 6-8 months, I have written much on the topic of real food, whole foods, whatever you want to call it.  These posts generate many comments – most encouraging, and some not so much – but the comments that pain me the most are the ones saying they would love to incorporate more whole foods into their diet but feel that they simply can’t afford it.

When I hear such comments, I feel heart sick. Eating well should NOT be complicated. Everyone who earns an honest living should be able to afford nourishing food to eat.

I wish I had better advice, but to be honest, I spend A LOT of money on food. I am thankful that we can afford to. But I know that many can’t, and I often wish I had a great resource to point them to because I KNOW there are people out there who are doing it. I just don’t know how. Or I didn’t, but I do now.

Several times over the past few weeks, I’ve alluded to a book I was reading that has helped me with my meal planning and budgeting.  I finally have the go-ahead to tell you about it!

Stephanie of Keeper of the Home has recently published a book entitled Real Food on a Real Budget — How To Eat Healthy For Less.  In it she explains just how affordable and easy-to-obtain real food can be.  With topics such as budgeting, meal planning, finding sources for real food, eating nutrient-dense foods, gardening, preserving, buying seasonally and locally, and making time to cook from scratch, she focuses on techniques that anyone can adapt to where they live, what they eat, and how big their budget is.

Is it worth it?  YES, IT IS.  Really, I wouldn’t tell you that if I didn’t believe in it.  Since reading her book, I have begun menu planning, as you know.  I’ve also begun a spreadsheet as she suggests, comparing prices on foods I buy.  It’s been quite eye opening.  She discusses how to prioritize what you buy if you can’t do it all (and no one can.)  She’s realistic, but she doesn’t lie to you.  It WILL cost more to eat well, and it WILL take more time, but if it’s a priority for you, it CAN be done.

Everyone will have to come to their own conclusions about what they can make themselves and what may be worth paying the price for convenience, and this book helps you do just that.  She even includes charts and spreadsheets to help you get organized.

I love this quote from the introduction:

Instead of the superwoman of the 90’s, who was supposed to balance a full-time power career and come home to serve Uncle Ben’s to her smiling family, there’s a different sort of woman coming out of the woodwork these days. One who isn’t afraid to get some garden dirt under her fingernails. One who enjoys the therapy of kneading bread on a winter afternoon, who is up to the challenge of learning to can tomatoes and make jam, and who sees the value in cooking homemade food- from scratch, no less. She’s more likely to be seen perusing the farmer’s market (or at least the perimeters of the grocery store) with a cloth bag in hand, and a quick inventory of her pantry would discover bulk wheat berries and dry beans instead of Campbell’s canned soup and Bisquick mix.

For this kind of woman, and the many others who are beginning to wonder what a wholesome, nutritious diet might look like – even on a budget – there is much hope.  Real food on a real budget is not an unachievable ideal.  This book will examine all of the tools I use in my arsenal and explore their full potential.

If she is describing you in those paragraphs, I highly recommend this book.  It should be helpful to anyone struggling to fit real food into their budgets.  It works for me!  🙂

The digital copy (eBook) sells for $18.97, and the paperback book is $21.97 plus $3.99 for shipping.

WIN IT! To win Real Food on a Real Budget in eBook format, leave a comment on this post telling me anything you want about your real food journey and your struggle to fit real food into your budget.  I will select a winner on Monday, May 24th through a random number generator.  This giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world.

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Also, don’t forget about Jenny’s eCourse starting on June 1st.

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Disclosure: I will earn a small commission on any sales of Stephanie’s book or Jenny’s eCourse from my links.  You have my word that I only promote products that I wholeheartedly believe in.

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  1. I love that paragraph, too! Making homemade jam and learning to can other things is what I’ve started working on. I’m actually hoping most of my vegetable garden this year will be canned and sitting on my pantry shelf come winter!

  2. We started eating only organic and not only does it taste better but I feel like I’m feeding my family “real” foods. Would love to read the book.

  3. I’m on what I call my “5-year-plan” and I’m slowly documenting it on my blog as I convert 95% of the food in our house to whole foods. I figured I had to make a big goal and make it public to keep me to it. I’m glad for your honesty here – I see a lot of frugal bloggers try to convince people that it’s *so* easy and cheap to go organic/whole, and it’s NOT. My grocery budget has increased a lot recently, and while I’m totally okay with that, I’m not okay with the blind pretending that you can eat healthy and whole and still feed your family for $25 a week. I think it’s setting a lot of people up for failure and feelings of inadequacy. I would love to read this book (I just started subscribing to her blog) and see what she has to say – I have so much to learn and can use all the help I can get!

  4. I would love to read this book. Since switching to whole foods my grocery budget has tripled. And that is on a good week. So I would love to find ways to cut costs and still feed my family healthy local food.

    I am curious why a book about saving money would cost so much. $22 for a paperback? That seems really high to me. Am I missing something?

  5. Awesome! I decided that food wasnt one of the things I should be cheap on…it goes into our bodies for goodness sakes. However, it does get expensive so I’m happy this new book has been written! Also…I bought my first half gallon of raw milk today!

  6. I’m working harder this year to make foods more healthy in our house. I grew up with canned, preserved fresh foods all grown in our own huge garden and orchard, so I want to go back to that this year. What a challenge, but definitely worthwhile. I would really love to read this book. Thanks for your post about this book –

  7. We eat ou way too much! I want to cook more at home and also want to eat healthier. I really don’t know where to start. I’m lost!

  8. I guess I’m just weird, but I think it’s cheaper to eat real, healthy foods cooked from scratch than to buy processed stuff. I’ve stock-piled lots of different kinds of grains and legumes in their least-processed forms, which I cook while incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables and a little dairy and eggs. We’re just skipping meat for now, which is working out fine. It’s taken some time to learn what to do with that huge bag of wheat berries, but I already feel like we’re well on our way to balancing budget and health in our groceries.


  9. I’ve been making small changes to our family’s diet since reading In Defense of Food last year. My latest triumph has been homemade bread. It’s not nearly as difficult to make as I thought it would be! Would be thrilled to win this book!

  10. I would love to read her book. Our grocery budget has significantly increased since moving to a whole food / real food eating plan in our house. I’m hoping that the opening of many local farm markets will help decrease the costs soon and am hoping to learn to can so I can use some of those fresh veggies all year round.

  11. I’m attending university, and trying to go against the norm by cooking all my food myself, and slowly phasing in more and more real foods. It is so tempting sometimes to want to put up the excuse that I’m a “poor college student,” but eating well has made such a difference in how I feel and what I’m able to accomplish. I try to just keep doing little things to slowly make the change, like buying raw milk, or eliminating all the high-fructose corn syrup from my diet.

    1. Megan, that is awesome. It’s when I was in college that my diet fell apart. You are doing a great job. Keep it up!! You won’t regret it.

  12. Oooo — I’d love a copy of that book! I cut all the corners I can to afford the best slow food. Next on the agenda? Getting 1/4 of a cow from my brother this fall, so we can have natural, grass-fed beef for a year. Also (drum roll…….) my husband is starting a bee-keeping business, and we just got our first unprocessed honey. It is SO, SO good.

  13. I started part of this journey 10 or so years ago when I started grinding wheat and making bread. It comes and goes. I turned 50 this year and decided to make a few more changes. I don’t know how I ended up at your blog but it has really helped me sort a few things out. Thank you for all your research. I’ve switched to the least processed milk I can find and I have located a local source for grass fed beef and chicken BUT it is so expensive and right now I just don’t see how we can do it. I would love to read this book.

  14. While I have always cooked ‘mostly’ from scratch, I would love to read this book to learn more ways to stretch our dollars!

  15. Baby steps, right? I’m just trying to get my 4 boys to eat more homemade pizza and chicken “nuggets” and more fruit. Then we can move on to bigger and better things.

  16. This is so exciting–I would love to win. Sadly, I am one of those who can’t afford it…the cost of coconut oil alone would break us! 🙂 Would love to win so I can see where I can make further progress.

  17. finding ways to save money on food and to eat healthier is important. Thanks for taking the time to help and inform others on this topic.

  18. This is a book I wish I would have written, but don’t have all the knowledge to, yet. That’s why I would like to own it! 🙂

    Our grocery budget has grown, but as long as we can afford it, I am okay with that, especially ever since I read Michael Pollan’s thoughts stating the idea that our grocery budgets may not be the wisest place to try to economize.

    One area that I stink in is growing and preserving my own food. That just seems like so much work to me!

    But, I really like planning and cooking from scratch and get a lot of satisfaction from it, so I think that is definitely a plus.

    I appreciate your blog, Jo-Lynne, because you are a busy, working mom who is setting a good example for us: showing that you can seek out and prepare real food for your family and not have to live on a farmstead and make it ALL you do in a day. Thanks!

    1. Emily, I was inspired by Stephanie’s canning and preserving and growing her food, but my husband and I talked and decided that while we would like to try and do a little bit of that, it might make more sense for me to design a few blogs and go to the farm market and buy our veggies. There’s definitely a balance to be found, and it will look different for everyone. 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement!

  19. As with many others, my husband and I began our real food journey after watching Food Inc. In the past year we have joined a CSA and planted a winter and summer garden. I’ve always enjoyed cooking from scratch but I’ve lately been more intentional in preparing real foods. My 6yr old son has been most resistant to the addition of more vegetables in our diet. Last night was a “win” – my son ate a spinach & zucchini quiche…without complaining!

  20. I have been truly inspired by your journey and honestly let you do most of the hard research for me! Thanks! I like to incorporate the fact that real ice cream with real ingredients is so much better than the “frozen dairy treat” that fake cheap ice cream is!

  21. I have been wanting to order this book, so that would be a treat to win it…then I could put that money toward more fruits and veggies! ( ; I am trying to get the kiddos (and to be honest, my husband and me!) to branch out. I cooked kale for the first time today, sauteed in a veggie stir fry and it was really good. I feel like I accomplished something good for the day when I make real food for my family.

  22. I have struggled not with converting my family to whole foods approach but with meal planning. When I meal plan I go back to my ‘old ways’ and its such a hard habit to break. I hope this book can help me bridge that gap and see that with some effort I can change this!!

  23. I hate to cook but have been doing much more of it so that we can have healthy food. We made the change for health reasons for our family and I do see a decrease in medical expenses so that is helping the budget. I just wish it didn’t take so much time, but I guess that is another cost to real foods.

  24. I would love to win a copy of this book!! Since the beginning of the year we’ve made some big changes in our kitchen pantry and you’re right it does cost more, but sometimes I feel like that causes me to slow down and enjoy the food and appreciate the time it takes to make the “from scratch” meals. It’s also about baby steps, starting slow to make gradual changes. You begin to read things and get overwhelmed, but you have to step back and think about the small things that you CAN begin to do. I’m so thankful for your blog that has provided so much information and links to other resources.

  25. My healthy food journey began over a decade ago, and it can be very difficult to afford on a budget. I try and keep with my “Do what you can” philosophy and try not to get too worried about what I can’t do. I used to cry b/c I couldn’t afford to buy EVERYTHING perfectly organic and healthy. One thing that I always want to do is provide healthy snacks so my kids won’t get into a bad habit of snacking on junk. Seriously, my kids get excited when I buy green apples for them to munch on!!

  26. I have been conscious buying and eating for 6 years now and it does cost more, but is so worth it! Since my two children have come into the mix and I have chosen to stay home with them, it’s a bit more difficult to budget. However, I would rather cut corners in other areas of our life and eat healthy and organic. We garden, buy local or organic, and bake/make our own foods rather than buy the processed/premade versions. My children love to help me in the kitchen. It is a great way to spend quality time together!

  27. Oooooh! Would love to read her thoughts on which purchases make sense and which don’t – what’s marketing and what’s real. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  28. This sounds like a great book, but I also find it ironic that a book about saving money is so pricey. Maybe it costs more to publish in the first place?

  29. I’d love to win a copy of this book. I definitely won’t be able to buy one myself!

    I’ve been working at going the Real Foods way and when you are completely clueless and poor, it’s a little difficult LOL I’d love to have some help!

  30. I’m a college student, so needless to say, I’m on a budget. I’ve been working towards a real foods lifestyle over the past few months, though I’ve definitely had some lapses.

    My goal for this summer is to really make the switch and to eliminate all convenience foods. I’m not taking classes, so I’ll actually have the time to research, cook/bake, etc. The e-book would definitely come in handy!

    In the mean time, thank you so much for your blog. It’s one of my favorites, and I get so much valuable information from it!

  31. I would love to win a copy of this book! I am fairly new to the real food journey, and I think the book would help a lot in my transition!

  32. My friend and I were talking about this week. A couple of her friends were making jam, totally not the type to do that, and I told her it was the “in” thing to do now. Then we started discussing how when we were growing up it was just what our grandparents and parents did. My grandfather and other relatives always had huge gardens and grew all of the vegetables we ate. We ate dried beans because they were cheap (and still do). We didn’t realize it was healthier. It was just what we did. Last year I bought peas and corn from a friend and put them up in the freezer. Now when I make dried beans as a meal I freeze the leftovers so that we can have them as a side dish instead of canned. I’m only making small changes, but I hope that they add up to make a big difference.

  33. I have been shopping the “outside” of the grocery store more. Currently I am on a quest to find a local grower of organic poultry. My closest source is 75 miles away but I know there has to be someone closer.

  34. In my attempts at frugal living, I had gotten to the point where I could spend $400/month on all food and household supplies for my family, but few were natural or organic. I am now in the process of switching our family to whole foods only. We are getting there and having a lot of fun trying new things. I just planted a big vegetable garden for the first time, and am planning to learn about canning and preserving. Last week, our farmer’s market started and I was able to meet a local farmer who raises grass-fed beef, so we’re trying to figure out what we can afford and how to incorporate that into our lives. Besides the cost of living this way, my biggest frustration is that here in MT, our growing season is short so there isn’t a lot of variety when it comes to eating locally year round. I’d love this book because this lifestyle is really new to me and I feel a bit like I’m stepping off the plank of a ship and I don’t know how to swim. There is a lot of info out there to weed through and I could use some guidance!

  35. This book sounds great and the excerpt is inspiring. I think one of the best things that we have changed is how much we eat out. It’s usually only once a week now.

  36. Yesterday I was thinking that I need to learn to preserve homemade applesauce. Maybe that’s something that can be frozen, I’ll have to learn.

    Today I was thinking about our local farmer’s market and how excited I am that the season just started again. I’m hoping to start getting better eggs and butter as we try to eat more real food. I can’t remember which blog it was on but you linked to it (hum, maybe it was you) saying that it was good to get good eggs so I’m going to prioritize that and move veggies down.

  37. What A great idea for a book! I love it. Living on a farm (www.topoftheworldfarm.com) makes whole foods readily available, but I do wonder what we’d do if city living was our fate…Love being a part of this movement, and praying it changes the way people view food availability.

  38. We started to eat real food in January and I am currently taking the ecourse on gnowfglins. It is a slow process, but we are able to make a lot of our favorite recipes now organic. It has put a crunch on our budget though because it is so expensive. We are trying to help that out by planting our first garden. It will not be as big as we like, with it being our first, but I am hoping next year to make it bigger and have enough vegetables to last through the winter. We do buy our eggs and milk from a local farm. Well not that local. It is an hour away, but I love the milk and my husband is making smoothies with the milk. The farm is going to be selling meat later this year with vegetables, so we are going to stock up on what we can and start freezing and canning them.

    I would be very excited to read this book, but can’t purchase any unplanned items right now.

    I will keep it in mind though, so i can buy it in the future if I don’t win it. 🙂

  39. My family has been on the real food journey for 3 months now after I was investigating health ways to lose weight and increase my fertility. I am happy to say that after switching to whole milk (haven’t made the switch to raw yet), real butter, farm fresh eggs, cutting out sugar and processed foods, and eating more fruits and veggies from our local farm market, I have lost 20 pounds! And even more than that I recently found out my fertiltiy has increased….I am pregnant! I hope to continue on our real food journey this summer by learning to can some veggies and fruit. This book sounds like one I will definitly be looking into.

  40. Ooooh I need this book. We began our real food journey this past year and it has been both exciting and challenging. One of the first things we did this summer was join a CSA which starts next week. I’m so excited!!!

  41. We shop at Costco to save money, but I find it so hard to find the whole foods I really love there. I’m still transitioning – we’re about 70/30, but it would be so much easier if more whole foods were available at wholesale prices. Especially where I live – it’s ridiculous and practically impossible to find certain ingredients without spending a mint for the smallest amount you have ever seen.

  42. I am a bargain shopper and when I did not work outside of the home full-time I did even better saving money and menu planning. Now I feel like I have a balance of whole foods and what works for us. As time goes on I hope to make more and more from scratch. Would love to read this book for some additional tips.

  43. As a chef and the wife of a farmer, I have been able to keep real/whole food on our table. I teach people about cooking and am often asked how to have good quality food on a budget. I would love to win this book to help me on my quest to help others keep their families healthy. I woud love to read some of the authors tips and ideas so I could pass them on.

  44. I’ve been absent for a bit, but I’m back for now.

    I used to do this years ago for my family and wished that I hadn’t fallen in the routine of cooking foods quickly and/or conveniently because I was in a hurry. Having kidney disease was my eye-opener in many ways. I started cooking more organic and visiting our local Farmers’ Market in the summer. I’ve learned how to make food from scratch because I have to. This year, my husband and I planted a garden so I can freeze my own veggies and dry my own herbs.

    It does take time to prepare food from scratch. As busy as I am, I discovered that having left-overs is a life saver. What we don’t eat up in one meal (because I still can’t get in the habit of NOT cooking for a small army) is saved for lunches (and sometimes breakfasts) or another meal another time. It’s not hard to freeze leftovers to serve later in the month. That really comes in handy for nights when I have no time to prepare a meal from scratch.

    Thank you for this book. I want to give it as Christmas presents this year.

  45. I would love to read this book, it cost a small fortune to feed my family of five and to be quite honest I’m struggling with new ideas! Thank you for a great giveaway 🙂

  46. Wow, I have never heard of this book but would be VERY interested in winning it! I have been slowly working our diet to a more “real food” diet and we are getting closer. My husband is finally on board and actually excited at times about what we have on the menu for the week. I am putting my husband through college, so money is tight in our home since he is not working. Although, we took the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class and it opened our eyes up to things we were spending money on that could go to much better things–like the grocery store bill. After analyzing where our money goes, we made some adjustments and living on this type of diet is doable, even on my income alone.
    Hope I win 🙂

  47. We are fortunate to live in a surburban Philadelphia county where there are still great farmer’s markets and farm stands. We went to a farmer’s market in Burgundy, France 4 years ago and the fresh quality of the food there sent me on a great “real food” journey. In France, when I requested fresh figs at the farmer’s market, the farmer asked when I was going to eat them. When I said “Aujourd’hui (today}”, he carefully picked up a few figs to give me the ones that were just right for eating that day. Bliss! I would love to win this book.

  48. We are sloooowly learning about whole/real foods and how to turn around our eating habits – without going broke. We are learning that there is a balance. This book looks amazing! Thanks!

  49. I am still stuck on making my own bread and not buying any processed junk. I’m still shopping at the grocery store and walmart. I can’t seem to find time to research anyfarms in my area or shop the farmers market.

  50. This book looks so interesting! I am a strong believer in eating healthy and although it seems like it costs more sometimes, I think the benefits outweigh the costs. That being said, there is no reason to break the bank on your food budget!
    Thanks for the info on the book!

  51. Our journey has been the last six months or so. I have always tried to cook healthy, but alas fell victm to the USDA Food Pyramid guidelines(ugh!!!) thinking that I was feeding my family well. I think for me the biggest change in me and my thinking is about food being nourishement, not just fulfilling my hunger pains. I have really tried to cultivate nourishment through traditional (my grandparents) foods. Although there are some items I cannot afford right now (like org. pastured chicken) we have come a long way. I am excited to see how long term these changes benefit my children and their future health.

  52. I would love to have this book, too. I buy local and organic meat, have a big veggie garden and access to some great Ottawa-area (Canada) farmer’s markets, but I feel as though I’ve barely scratched the surface of what I could be doing better in the kitchen. And, yes!, the grocery budget for a family of three (with frequent guests) usually tops $900/month. Budget tips would be much appreciated!

  53. I always want to buy the organic or local but the added expense is a factor my decisiions. I would love to learn how to do better on a budget. It think it is really important to support farms and businesses who are providing whole & organic foods but can’t alwals afford those options.

  54. I would love to have this book! I recently returned to working fulltime and am raising three teenage boys. I am really trying to keep us eating “real food” but I would love to figure out how to do it within a more practical budget.

  55. Our real food journey has been plodding along for the last three years or so. Starting with only shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store, then moving along to shopping at the farmers market, to buying locally raised beef, to………we’ll see what’s next. A challenge for me is the price of organic fruits and veggies and the fact that it seems to be impossible to buy canadian grown organics in my small town.

  56. I am just at the start of my real food journey and this book would be very helpful. We just bought 3 acres and I would love to learn more about growing and canning, spending more wisely and about cooking from scratch. Great giveaway!

  57. Figuring our a way to make eating healthy lestt expensive would be great! I am trying my best but I should have started when my children were younger. Now that the kids are teenagers they have tasted OREOS and CHEETOS and they think they can’t live without them! They are slowly acknowledging that “Junk Food” is really not good for your body!

  58. Hi Jo-Lynne — yep, I’m leaving a comment because I would like nothing more than to win this book. It sounds like just what I need. My husband and I are determined to start eating healthier and have recently moved to a new state (I mean, like last week! I am still trying to find my kitchen!) New house, new habits — right? Still — the first trip to the local store was a shocker. We lived in western NY (yes, we had our beloved Wegmans with their great produce and prices everywhere) and here in MA — well, prices are double. I’m not working yet so we are definitely watching our food dollars and I could not only use help with figuring out how to make good choices, but how to do it on a budget. And meal planning is a whole new thing for me (we were fast food junkies … and are trying to reform.) Help. This book sounds like it’s just what we need.

    1. Barbara, one thing we discovered is that when we stopped eating out, we saved SO much money. It’s really helped to stretch our grocery dollars. I know Stephanie (the author of this book) lives in a very expensive area of Canada so she is no stranger to high food prices. I think you’d find the book quite helpful! 🙂

  59. I’m still trying to find raw milk. It can only be sold here for pet use, and all I’ve found it $12 a gallon and an hour drive away! I’m doing much better and trying my freshly ground whole wheat on lots of recipes and finding it much easier than I expected to make the work. I love that! Sounds like a great book.

  60. We went organic and from-scratch and we save a boatload. Packaged and processed is NOT cheaper, and hurts everyone in the long run by taking $ away from organics (keeping those costs high) and contributing to bad business ethics and health costs.

    What’s amazing is that after a few months of eating this way you really can’t stomach the fast, cheap stuff anymore. The hardest bit is to begin.

    1. I’ve totally lost my taste for junk now. Even the smell grosses me out. I feel so totally victorious!

  61. Looks like a great book. I have no “real food” journey, but I’ve always felt that moderation was the key to eating healthy. I cook most of our foods from scratch (including yogurt) because they simply taste better. But I also buy a lot of packaged foods for the kids’ lunches. I try to get my kids to eat a varied diet, and we frequently talk about a good meal having many different colors (naturally of course) from fruits, veggies, meats, etc.

    I’d love to win this book because my food budget keeps getting bigger and bigger (and our income keeps getting smaller…).

  62. This book sounds great! I’ve started menu planning which has made a huge difference when 4 o’clock comes around and I wonder, “What should I make for dinner tonight?” I’ve started buying more organic food and making healthier options for my family. These are all little things that will add up, I hope. I’m sure this book can take my family even further along the eating healthier route. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  63. What an inspiring message! I would love to learn more about how to do this! I’m just starting to eat more real foods and really struggling, and would love this great resource!

  64. I love Stephanie’s site and I’d love to win a copy of her new book! I stumbled upon your blog from Kelly the Kitchen Kop. We have been moving more and more toward real food over the past couple of years. We spend a lot of money on food. My goal is to start making things from scratch (instead of buying them already made) -one item at a time. I’ve mastered some yummy soaked muffins, grinding wheat for pancakes and replacing store bought bread (which is SO expensive if you buy the good stuff).

  65. I guess I am just taking baby steps. We bought a 1/4 cow with my parents from a local family. That makes me feel good. I am slowly trying to eat out less (which will allow more room in the budget for groceries.) Would love to learn more from the book.

  66. I have been buying organic when I can, but I really want to incorporate more real foods, whole foods, and not blow my budget. I would love to hear the ideas in this book. Thanks.

  67. I would love to read this book – since making our household gluten-free and mostly organic/natural/whole foods, I am spending a fortune on food, 3-5 times more $ than before – I’d love any tips or advice for buying on a budget without compromising healthfulness. Thanks too, for your awesome blog. I enjoy reading your perspective on things!

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