Budgeting time and money for healthy eating

These days, I am not a big fan of buying things with all the extra “junk” in it….preservatives, additives, dyes, artificial sweeteners, etc.  I want to be able to enjoy my food without the worry of what it is really doing to me.  This is one of the many reasons that I have started making so much of the food that my family eats from scratch.  I can decide on every single ingredient I am going to use and make wise choices!  Some people would say, “well just buy organic and you should be fine”.  The main problem with that is that being a single income family, we are on a tight budget.  I have found that it tends to be sooooooo much cheaper for me to buy healthy ingredients and make it myself, rather than just buying the pre-made version.  We also buy a lot of our food through a coop called Quail Cove Farms.  I go in on certain items with friends so that we can get the “bulk” price rate, which is much cheaper than what I would pay at the store.  I look for good sales too…that really helps!  Doing all of these things has truly helped me to buy the healthy stuff and still keep a modest grocery budget.

So to recap:
1. Whenever possible, buy the healthier ingredients and make it yourself (you’ll also be amazed at how much better things taste!)
2. Check out coops in your area.
3. Check for sales on the quality stuff and stock up when you can.
4. Buy in bulk if it’s a good deal.

The next argument I get is, “but I just don’t have the time!”  That is a very valid reason for some things….but NOT for everything!  So many things I make can be done quickly and easily with today’s modern kitchen equipment, and some are things that take no time or effort at all!  Take heart!  Don’t just say you are too busy, find some things that are quick and easy and give them a try.  You’ll be amazed at how “homemade and healthy” your kitchen can become. =)

February 3, 2010 in Being Frugal
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