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REAL FOOD Money Saving Tips

Real Food Money Saving Tips

 

 

This week I am not having a traditional REAL FOOD Menu Plan, instead I thought I’d give you some REAL FOOD money saving tips that help me on a weekly basis. Weekly I prepare real food meals for my family at least 6 nights of the week. I try to keep our weekly grocery bill at $150 which is very doable when following these tips.

 

 

 

 

REAL FOOD Money Saving Tips

Menu Plan – when making a menu plan you are not going into the grocery store and just picking up all sorts of foods off the shelves. When you menu plan you are only getting the foods you need for the week and are less likely to have foods go bad because you didn’t use them.

Use Foods You Already Have – Before you begin menu planning look through your pantry, fridge and freezer to see what you already have. When doing this, you not only save money on food but you use those fruits and vegetables that would go bad otherwise.

Leftover Night – We always have a leftover night later on in the week. By doing this, I don’t need to cook one night and we get rid of those extra meals just sitting in the fridge. It saves money because you only need to plan 6 meals instead of 7 for that week. The kids like this night too because they get to pick what they want to eat from the leftovers.

Buy Bulk Meat - When buying your meat in bulk you have to put out a lot of money at once but you save in the long run. When buying organic meats at the grocery store it’s much more expensive then buying from a local farmer. Here is a great website for you to find a local organic farm in your area. If you live in the Philadelphia area you can go to Philly Cow Share – they have done all the work for you by finding the best farms in our area, and they even deliver your meat to your door.

Buy Staple Items Online - Who doesn’t like to shop online? It’s convenient and saves you time and money. When you join the Amazon Subscribe and Save service you can save up to 30% on items you run through the quickest like detergent, toilet paper, diapers and even organic snacks.

Clean Out the Freezer – Have a week that you just eat those freezer meals that have been sitting in there for months. Get rid of all those soups, casseroles, chili, lasagna etc.. that you made big batches of and put half of it in the freezer for another meal. It’s great to do this at least every 3 months so those foods are not left in the freezer for many many months.

Use the Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 Guide - I make sure I stay up to date with the dirty dozen/clean 15 list provided by EWG. By doing this I can save money by purchasing the dirty dozen produce organic and conventional of the clean 15. If you are unfamiliar with this list – here you go!

 

dirty dozen clean 15

 

 

Do you have any menu planning tips? I’d love to learn more about how you and your family eat healthy and save money too. Please comment with your own suggestions and I will share throughout the week.

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10 Responses to REAL FOOD Money Saving Tips

  1. Jessica @EatSleepBe April 21, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    We have an extra freezer downstairs that has gotten pretty full recently. So over the next few weeks, especially now that we can barbecue, I am determined to use up those items!

  2. Lindsay April 21, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Love the tip to buy things online, I found iherb.com has been a great “go to” place to get spices, toothpaste etc at a bargain. The other thing I’d add is Costco, I save a lot of money shopping and buying bulk there!

    • Trina April 21, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      One thing we don’t enough of is buy from the bulk stores like Costco, Sams and BJ’s. We don’t have a lot of storage so I always think that I will not have room for everything. I’ve heard that Costco has a lot of organic meat options….do you buy your meat from there?

    • Trina April 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      I will need to check out that site…thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Heather April 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for bulk buys (says the woman who buys 2 pallets of toilet paper a year for $40 via their program.) I wonder what the neighbors think when 2 appliance sized boxes show up labeled toilet paper ;)

    • Trina April 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

      OMG! That is so funny – where did you put all that toilet paper?

  4. Carrie April 21, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    Fantastic tips! I’ve found that cutting meat out of our diet one night a week saves a bunch of money, too. I need to clear out our freezer– we might need to do a ‘clean out the freezer’ week of meals!

    • Trina April 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      YES! I actually forgot that tip – we practice Meatless Mondays or at least go meatless 1 day a week which does cut down the grocery bill.

  5. Jeannette April 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    My favorite way to stretch ingredients and save is to make soup. I make my own broth using bones or veggie scraps and the results are always delightful.

    • Trina April 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

      I LOVE SOUP – It always makes more than one meal which I then can freeze for another time. This week since we are cleaning out the freezer we have had a stew, soup and chili! LOL

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