|Some vegetables we harvested from our garden last year|
- Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. Adjust your recipes according to the season you are in and what is available or on sale at the store.
- Grow a garden - growing a garden forces you to eat healthier because you have a multitude of healthy food literally in your backyard.
- Limit the amount of processed foods you eat. Eat more whole grains and legumes and cook from scratch rather than "quick" foods.
- Shop sales and stock up on items that you use regularly that go on sale - check expiration dates and don't buy more than you will use before they expire.
- Eat all leftovers before they go bad. If you don't like to eat the same meal twice in a row, make smaller meals or freeze a portion for later.
- Look for produce that lasts longer and buy that instead of it's counterpart (e.g. Romaine lettuce lasts longer than green leaf or red leaf).
- Bring a sack lunch to work or when you go on trips. Eat out only for "special occasions."
- Don’t buy specialized ingredients that you will only use for 1 recipe - I do this quite often and more times than naught it is a waste of money. It's good to try new recipes so don't let this discourage you from doing that, but try to find new recipes that you can use ingredients you already have or ingredients you could use for more than one recipe if you didn't like the one you were trying.
- Create or find recipes based on what you already have in your pantry - rotate & use items that are getting close to expiration dates. Brandon is really good at this - he can look at what we need to use up and come up with a wonderful meal based on those things.
- Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry or around meal times - you always spend more money.
- Limit your shopping trips - I've talked about this before, but it's true and it really works. The less time you spend in the grocery store the more money you will save. Sometimes I even go to a smaller grocery store as opposed to a larger one because I know I will find fewer things I "need" there.
I'd love to hear your ideas. What are some ways to cut our food budgets and still eat healthily? Happy Frugal Friday. Hope you have a great weekend.
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