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I am sure you have noticed the increase.
I have received email after email about the increase in the price of food lately. My readers are asking how can we afford to eat healthier, when our budget is tight and getting tighter?
The cost of goods is rising and unfortunately the ability to afford things is not getting any easier.
An average family of 4 can spend between $800-$1000 a month on groceries and this isn’t on steak and creme brule. This is on meat, potatoes, snacks, breakfast foods and regular everyday items.
The cost to feed your family is rising, but there are ways you can slow the increase and save yourself some money.
One surefire way to save money on groceries is to grow your own.
And I am going to stop you before you say I don’t have the room. Because you do even if you live in an apartment or basement suite you have the room to make a difference in your grocery budget.
Perfect plants for limit space are tomatoes, strawberries, salad greens, herbs and potatoes. All you need is a pot, some dirt, seeds and some light. Where we live rooftop patio gardens are all the rage. We even have community plot vegetable gardens.
This past year on our small patio I planted a grape vine, mint, potatoes, salad greens, tomatoes, herbs and some flowers. And it all grew and it saved me about $100+ at the grocery store. A hundred dollars is a hundred dollars.
We have friends who grow enough food to provide themselves produce through the winter, growing on a larger area of land. One of our friends even has honey bees they harvest honey from and chickens for eggs.
Growing your own food is one surefire way to save money on groceries.
You don’t even need fancy pots, grab a cheap bucket, drill some holes and fill it with potting soil. You can even combine your plants. Grow a bunch of different salad greens in the same pot.
Plant some lavender, mint and some tomatoes. I used a potato bag to plant my potatoes last year and it worked great.
If you don’t have a green thumb and you have NO room to grow your own food, don’t sweat it.
The next best way to save money on groceries is to purchase farm to table. Shop your local farmers market for deals. Shop in season and stock up.
When strawberries are ripe and cheap buy a bunch and make jam. Freeze the extras for smoothies or desserts. Do the same with vegetables. If you can, can your produce so that you can use it throughout the coming year.
Growing your own, buying fresh local and stockpiling it for later in the year will help you save money.
My favorite local produce to buy is blueberries. Our plants only produce a small amount so we purchase a flat of berries during picking season and I freeze them. It is so much cheaper to freeze the extra produce than buy them when they aren’t in season.
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- 75 Frugal Living Tips To Help Your Survive On One Income
I wish you all the best with your gardening. Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity