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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Save Money Without Sacrificing Quality


4/14/2011 11:55:34 AM

It all looks great on paper, but before SP, I was on a budget of 70/week for a family of 5. Now I spend up to 150/WEEK, and its all the fruit and fresh veggies. I'm really not sure how much longer we can do this. It is really sad that to eat healthy you have to spend tons of money. Every time to go to the store, I get so anxious, knowing that I am spending all of our budget on fresh produce. Honestly, I know everyone is having the same problem. It is not a matter of budgeting... I budget to the point of insanity. We are a family of 5 on a single income UNDER 35,000, with a mortgage. We even cloth diaper to save on baby expenses. The poverty level in this area is so high that the income levels are still below ours for things like food stamps. It is just really depressing.
4/14/2011 11:11:11 AM

CHARTMAN1112's SparkPage
Great Article!!! I have made saving money my new hobby. I stock up at a local grocery store's meat sale twice a year. I make my own laundry detergent, which costs about $7.00 a year. Three years ago, I started growing my own organic vegetables, fruits and herbs from seed, with a compost pile and rain barrel. Initial investment was high, but this year I planted my entire 12' X 24' garden for $13.00. Eight tomatoes plants cost less than 1.5ยข each and I'll have enough spaghetti sauce for a year. Buy fruits directly from a local orchard, and can them. It is actually more fun than I thought it would be and gardening is great exercise, and if done right takes less time than you think.
4/14/2011 3:17:11 AM

TERIANA's SparkPage
HA HA--OMG, when I first read the teaser for this article I thought it said, "How to Prepare NASTY and Nutrititious Meals on a Budget"

Great money savers? Dried Beans. Nothing better than homemade turkey chili!
3/6/2011 7:42:50 AM

Unfortunately it is difficult to save any money when choosing to eliminate processed foods, sweeteners, grains, dairy, etc. I prefer organic and that stuff is never on sale, grrr. The only way I do save a buck is by shopping for meat at a warehouse store and getting huge packs of meat at one time. I find it takes only around an hour to divide everything up and put it in the freezer. The time spent is worth the $1+ a pound I save. I wish eating healthier, aka no processed foods, was more economical. I am looking into buying into a "share" this coming year.
3/2/2011 4:31:33 PM

METALCHIK1986's SparkPage
I really liked this article! Really good at having a "feel good" approach to cooking healthily on a budget. Thanks for sharing.
12/28/2010 8:33:10 AM

Very interesting article. So interesting, in fact, that I would like to share a portion of it with some non-Spark friends.

Is it ok if I extract a paragraph to repost elsewhere, as long as I give credit to SparkPeople and the article's author?
11/7/2010 2:20:25 AM

I love a freezer, pressure cooker, Costco, & buying in bulk, & I cook for just me. I don't think I could afford to eat healthfully otherwise. I have to watch sodium so many canned foods are out. I hate to cook, but if I can do it in batches & get it over with, I'm good. Great ideas!
9/27/2010 6:30:33 PM

CMFARRELL36's SparkPage
I should have said - those items in my first paragraphs are for shared facilities. 1 cooker, 1 or maybe 2 fridges, maybe 1 freezer etc - per 10 to 12 students.
And they are not allowed electrical cooking equipment in their rooms. So no personal kettle, toastie maker, whatever.
9/27/2010 6:28:03 PM

CMFARRELL36's SparkPage
I agree with all the things said, and it's all really good advice.
My one concern is that student here in the UK don't always have access to a safe fridge or freezer - or even cooker. Safe - I mean that they can go back to the fridge and still find their own yogurt that they left their 2 hours ago. Et cetera.
Halls of residence are now nearly all self-catering, but they provide only the very lowest of basic necessities - a fridge, a freezer, a cooker, a kettle - and some provide a toaster. Many don't even provide a microwave.
However, whatever cooking provisions are provided, the student still has to be able to store their food and their crockery/cutlery/ cookware whatever - plus washing-up stuff - and all without necessarily a kitchen locker that's big enough for the task, or a fridge with locker compartments.
Students can't spend time every day to shop for fresh produce or other fresh food items. And the lack of honesty, not to say downright theft, that happens is disgusting. It's no wonder that many of these young folk end up looking unhealthy by the end of their first year. The hall of residence has more than helped for this to happen.
If youngsters are to try to be healthy after they leave home for college or university - that intention really MUST be facilitated by the appropriate university department, to ensure that the students have sufficient and secure storage.
9/15/2010 1:32:32 PM

10TOES's SparkPage
Making a dinner menu for the month BEFORE you do your monthly shopping actually does save money. We do it and then make the grocery list off of exactly what is on there. We don't do a lunch or breakfast menu since dinner is always the biggest and generally most expensive. Grocery lists are money savers as well as long as you stick to the list!
4/14/2010 4:42:01 PM

I long for the day that we become a nation of people who value the quality of food versus the quantity!
This article is one good way to get people to start re-thinking how they value food.

I mainly shop the outer perimeter of the grocery stores and find it hard to remember to venture down the aisles to get items like toilet paper and laundry soap. Any one else with that problem?
4/14/2010 4:29:28 PM

MCMONKEY2's SparkPage
Don't forget to mention Quinoa, pronounced Keenwa. It is a whole grain that is similar to cous cous and is high in nutrients like protein, vitamins and minerals. A great substitute for white rice too.
4/14/2010 4:26:44 PM

Soup is a great budget stretcher. I use all my leftover vegetables/salad veggies too... and cook them in crock pot with lentils or chick peas and pureed canned tomatoes and a few bouillion cubes. Add some spice and there is soup. I freeze soup as well especially in the summer when produce is less $$.and have it later in the winter
4/14/2010 2:54:42 PM

I just bought a CrockPot, and it is fast becoming my best friend. I'm a leftovers person, love the convenience, but hubby's not. Then I found out that it's not that he isn't a leftovers person, it's that he's not a leftover-hunks-of-meat person. Now I make chilis, stews, and curries in the CrockPot and he's more than happy to munch on it. It's only two of us, but I can make dinner for three days and keep us happy. The only problem is when I make two good CrockPot dinners at once. Then he just chooses a favorite and eats all of it!
4/14/2010 12:52:33 PM

Personal I find that your suggestions might work for a family. However for a single person most of your suggessions are reasons I spend more money. Double the recipe and cook more, usually end up throwing it out cause it has been in the freezer to long or I am tried of eating the same thing for days. Bulk buying only works if you have the storage.Most singles only have the top of the fridge for a freezer. It is bad enough that is more expensive to by single serving of something. Family size and bulk does not help when you are on your own.

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