Making the switch to real food is daunting to a lot of people. For some the thought of cooking is overwhelming, menu planning is a lot of work, and some just think they can’t afford to eat real food.
I personally have found that because of my very restrictive diet, I have not been able to keep our food budget under $800 a month, but I know a lot of amazing real food bloggers who eat real, whole foods and feed their families well for less than $300 a month! I have learned a lot from reading their posts and will be implementing some of their advice into our own food shopping.
The Holistic Mamma shared two great posts with me, one is all about some general tips on Eating Real Healthy Food On A Budget. Here she discusses some general tips on how to save money buying food like buying produce from the EWG’s “Clean 15” list, buying in bulk, menu planning and so much more! She then wrote a post about how to stretch the food you do buy to really get the most of your money in her post Root to Stem: Making the Most Food for Your Money.
Shalom Mama does a wonderful job describing The #1 Way To Save Money on Real Food, which she says is to have a plan. She then goes through in great detail to tell us exactly how she plans out her food shopping. This also includes a free meal planning download! She then goes on to describe How to Eat Clean on a Budget, and how to Eat Well and Save Money on Food This Summer, which is my personal favorite.
Little house living wrote two great posts, one generally about eating real food on a budget, and one specifically on buying organic foods on a budget. She has also written a wonderful book called “Meal Planning Made Simple“, which is a huge help for my disorganized self. You can read my review here.
Nourished and Nurtured wrote a great post about Cutting Food Costs on a Grain-Free Diet, which is very relevant to my family.
Happy Mothering suggests swapping meat for mushrooms.
Whole new mom substitutes beans for meat.
I have started learning about foraging wild food over the last two years. Eat the weeds my friends! But do it responsibly with proper identification. Green Deane has a great site called “Eat the Weeds“. He is based in Florida, but has a lot of common north american plants that he covers. Wild Food Girl has a wonderful site about foraging in Colorado! She also publishes a wild edible food book every month for Colorado. It is an invaluable resource to me. Some of my favorite foraging books you can find in your local library, botany club, or through my affiliate Amazon.com. The books I use most often are The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants (this is a must have for anyone just starting out), Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants, Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West, Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West, Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places, and Rocky Mountain Flora.
How do you like to save money on real foods?
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