We do what we have to do. When I was a young single mother, money was super tight. We ate a lot of potatoes and eggs and beanies and weenies.
Since these early days of adulthood and responsibility, except for the splurges over family visits on holidays, I’ve never overspent on food although I’ve always felt it was this part of the budget that I could easily manipulate. I mean, you can’t change your house or car payments too easily, but if money’s tight, I could always buy cheap chickens and bags of beans and potatoes.
I am always striving to better today than I was yesterday and as I’ve grown older and wiser, and my focus has shifted from having “things” and going out on-the-town, to health and wellness – staying younger longer, I’ve learned that I can still shop frugally AND shop healthy. I generally plan our meals around what’s on sale. I save quite a bit this way. When chickens are on sale, I buy lots of them. And, guess what’s for dinner? Chicken stir-fry, roast chicken, chicken soup, BBQ chicken and so on. From a $5 chicken, we’ll get at least 3 meals. No bad.
Another tip, with the chicken carcass or any bones for that matter, I save them, along with any ends from vegetables, not so prime pieces and put this all in the freezer and when it’s time to make some more healing broth, simmer this all together for hours. Sipping on this savory, steaming soup is so soothing and helpful if you feel like you’re coming down with something.
Do you think that $30 won’t get you much at the healthier food stores? I’ve been walking into a certain grocery store weekly and not spending more than that. And look what I bring home!
Look at all the nutrition! It just blows me away when people say that they can’t afford to eat healthy. How can you NOT afford to eat healthy? What are you buying? Let me ask you this. Would you rather pay the farmer now or the doctor later?
Our bodies CRAVE the nutrients that we need – so lets give it to ’em! Instead of buying that salad mix in a bag or a plastic box, grab a head of Romain (they’re huge) and a bunch of spinach, usually $.99 each where I shop and a cucumber and a bunch of radishes and for about $3.00, you have salad for 2 with 5 meals. And don’t blow it by pouring on the bottled dressing that’s full of sugar and preservatives. Make your own with oil and vinegar and the herbs of your choice – cheap and easy.
And, don’t forget to wash those fruits and vegetables. But, you don’t need special vegie wash, get out the white vinegar and put some with water in the sink and rise them off – very inexpensive. I also clean my house with vinegar by the way.
There’s just a few tidbits on how I eat healthy frugally. We are living longer and I want to be healthy as long as I can be. It’s important to me – I hope it’s important to you. Here’s another blogger who in this article discusses eating healthy. I think it’s a good read and someone I follow as well. Click Here
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