How do You REALLY Eat Well, Spend Less: a Q&A with the Experts

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It’s been such fun reading all the wisdom the ladies of the Eat Well, Spend Less series shared this week as we tried a different format. We each asked a question that all the other gals answered. You may have caught the answers to my question on Thursday and hopefully learned by listening to others’ experiences.

I feel like that’s how women love to learn – by chatting, by communicating, by sharing what has worked for us and hearing how other women practically make real food (or good parenting, or a successful marriage, etc.) happen in their homes.

Today I’m sharing the thought-provoking questions the team asked and all the answers.

It’s a spectacular roundup, so grab a cup of coffee, tea, or water kefir and enjoy some weekend reading…


Introducing New Foods to Your Kids

from Shaina of Food for my Family

Lights glare from the bubbles above the dining room table, sending yellowish streams through the room. Typical in the winter, when the sun sinks below the horizon before the food has a chance to be set out and the family called around the table. Banter across the warm oak includes sarcasm and teasing as well as requests to pass the bread or butter. A small lull in the usual dinner din prompts me to ask my children two questions.

“First, what is your favorite food?”

Eyes light up as if a light bulb has been turned on behind them, illuminated with the thought of their own personalized meal made just for them. The stormy-eyed girl in ripped jeans and a skirt, her hair a wild and crazy mess of sunshine that falls in tangles across her face immediately says, “Sushi!” in her typical knee-jerk response to this oft-asked inquiry. “Oatmeal,” pipes the smallest of the bunch. The older two are still contemplating their choices, when my brown-eyed boy with the hair hiding the brightness in his eyes decides, “Artichokes.”

“Okay, so what is your least favorite food?”

How do you present new foods to your children? When introducing new foods to your kids, what are the hardest things to overcome? Do you make separate meals for children and adults, or does everyone eat the same food? (Do you think having them be familiar with a variety of foods is valuable?)

Read all the answers right HERE

Food Waste Revealed

from Carrie of Denver Bargains

Since I have food waste on the brain, my question centered around that topic.

What item(s) tend to go to waste in your kitchen? Is there a food item that you are particularly proud of using every last little bit/never wasting?”

Read all the answers HERE

Money Savers and Future Goals

from Aimee of Simple Bites

image Making many of my own foods such as preserves, soups, and condiments, instead of relying on the options provided by companies to feed my family, is a conscious choice and one that I feel is the absolute best for my family’s health. It’s not always easy to choose homemade pantry staples over grocery store convenience, but I take small steps and pick up speed as I gain experience.

We all know that no two kitchens, budgets, and dietary needs are alike, and so the fabulous food blogging mothers behind our Eat Well, Spend Less series have come together to share a handful of different perspectives on a series of questions related to EWSL. 

“Which homemade substitute of a grocery staple is saving you the most money in your kitchen right now? What is one pantry purchase you’d like to eliminate and make from scratch this year?”

Read all the answers HERE

Budget Meals that Kids Love

from Jessica of Life as MOM

As a mom, I love to cook my family meals that they enjoy. One, it blesses them. Two, there are fewer battles if I’ve prepared something my family likes.

I’m thankful that as I work to clean up some of our poor eating habits, introduce more fruits and vegetables, and otherwise not be afraid of feeding my children what’s good them, I also stumble across foods that they absolutely love.

What budget meal is a sure fire hit with everyone in your family?

Read all the answers HERE

Fav Kitchen Tip and Cooking Resources

from Mandi of Easy. Homemade.

Last month, I shared a bit about my own strategies for learning to cook, but I wanted to know where other people turn with cooking questions:

What is your favorite resource when you’re unsure how to do something? What resources to do you recommend to friends/family/blog readers who are looking for cooking how-tos?

Read all the answers HERE

Favorite Grocery Store

from Amy at Kingdom First Mom

I have had several questions lately about the best places to shop, so the timing of our Eat Well, Spend Less Q&A was perfect! The seven of us live in different areas of the United States and Canada, so hopefully one of us will hit on some stores in your area.

"What is your favorite store to shop for groceries and why?"

Read all the answers HERE 

Frugal Priority and Biggest Splurge

My own question hit the highs and the lows of eating well and spending less:

What’s the single most important frugal thing you do in the kitchen, the one thing you’d never drop? Conversely, what’s the biggest splurge item that you prioritize?

Read all the answers HERE

Do you like the new format? I’m wondering if we should do a round robin Q&A like this every few months, but I’d love opinions!

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  1. says

    Great idea to have a round robin like this and share ideas. I like to eat healthy and have a regular delivery of organic vegies and fruit. But the most expensive part of my spending is always at the local health food store. It has fantastic products but always much more expensive than the supermarket!

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