This series has gone by far too fast.
I have more ideas on eating frugally (and after reading yesterday’s post on how our grocery budget has changed during the transition to real food, my husband may think I should use them!), but the Eat Well, Spend Less series has come to a close.
I’m very happy to share my colleagues’ thoughts on making the most of where you live today – tips from California to the East Coast, Texas up to Canada. The real beauty of these posts is less in the local information and more in getting into the heads of some very savvy shopping cooks to find inspiration for your own community and resources.
Sometimes I don’t think I eat very seasonally nor locally compared to other big real food bloggers out there, so I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with how many strategies I ended up with for the local, seasonal scene. Michigan, cold as it is, has a wealth of food resources that I am so grateful for.
If you missed it, click HERE for ideas to capture the seasons and the food gems in your hometown. Not in the Midwest? Want to know more about how people shop? These ladies are ready to help:
How to Save in SoCal
from Jessica of Life as MOM
Jessica, the brilliant leader of our Eat Well, Spend Less team, lives in California, a state with one of the highest costs of living in the country. Her encouragement is second to none! She also shares real numbers, both for her family and national averages, which I found fascinating.
Six kids? Southern California cost of living? And a tight economy? They sound like incompatible circumstances, don’t they? Yet, we’re doing okay.
Earlier in our Eat Well, Spend Less series, I mentioned that grocery expenses are one of the things that we have most control of. We can’t determine what the store charges, but we can decide how to cook and how to eat.
If our family, living in an expensive state, can spend less than the national average, you can, too. Really.
Click right HERE for how to save money on food, especially in Southern California …
Get Big Deals in Texas
from Alyssa of Kingdom First Mom
Moving from California to Texas was a food epiphany for Alyssa, but she’s a fast learner.
Texans definitely have an advantage when it comes to eating well for less. The challenge we face is making wise choices. Here in the DFW Metroplex, we have an overabundance of shopping venues. Everything’s bigger, right?
Knowing all this, it may surprise you to learn that my family was overspending big time on groceries just a few years ago and our debt was creeping up. Once we finally sat down to examine our finances I realized we were spending more money on groceries than ever before.
How does one go from a modest Southern California grocery budget to a Texas-sized disaster?
For the solution on how to save money on food and still feed your family well, including a mostly gluten-free diet, read the rest right HERE…
Grocery Shopping When You Live in the Boonies
from Mandi of Life…Your Way
Since I grew up in a town of 3500 with the closest mall 3 hours away, I empathize with Mandi’s title! As she works to feed her family healthy foods and remain in budget, Mandi’s simple tips can help anyone, although she lives on the East Coast.
Our family shoots for a grocery budget of $100-125 a week, including household items, diapers and other personal care products.
Out of that, we spend between $30-40 a week on produce at the nicer grocery store. I’ll be interested to see how that amount changes when we begin shopping at the farmer’s market and as our garden starts to produce, but we still have a couple months before that happens.
Find her money-saving tips right here…
Staying Conscious While you Shop in Canada
from Aimee of Simple Bites
You have to visit Aimee’s post just for the market photos, which make me yearn for the Farmer’s Market to get in full swing again in our community. I guarantee you’ll learn something about real food shopping and be inspired by Aimee’s in-depth look at how she shops and the choices she makes. Conscientious grocery shopping is the way to go.
Marché is French for ‘market’, and one of the early words my three-year-old picked up, even though we’re an English speaking household. The open markets in and around Montreal are a pretty big part of our food shopping routine, hence Mateo’s early handle of the French word.
Food shopping is as particular and unique to each home as is their cooking style, taste preferences and health goals.
My particular approach may not work for you, but I am confident I can offer a few nuggets of wisdom to help you get the most bang for your buck.
Shopping – conscientious, intentional shopping – is an integral part of eating well while managing to spend less.
Click over to read the rest, including grocery budget numbers, right here…
Smart Shopping…and do you Have Costco?
from Katie of GoodLifeEats
I used to stop at several different stores: Sunflower Market, Smith’s, Costco, and one or two more if I was in the right area. I’d shop around for the best deals on groceries based on the weekly ads. If organic milk was on a super sale at another store then I would go out of my way to purchase it there.
Now that I am essentially a “working mom,” I’ve realized how precious my time is. I don’t even want to spend an extra minute at the grocery store if I don’t have to.
I like getting those errands done as fast as possible so I can complete my weekly work as fast as possible – that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy my work, but I want to be there (physically, mentally, and emotionally) when my kids are there. And I won’t lie, it’s a struggle!
Read the rest by clicking here…
Northwest Budgeting Basics
from Tammy of Tammy’s Recipes
1. Eat affordable + nutritious (or "whole") foods.
2. Shop at 1-2 stores.
3. Plan for healthy eating, even during busy or stressful times.
Click here to find out how she breaks it down…
Shop Everywhere to Save
from Carrie of Springs Bargains
An excellent coupon shopper who still understand the value of whole foods, Carrie’s dedication to keeping her grocery budget in check takes her to 10+ stores for food!
Read her story here…
Thanks for joining us for this excellent series! If you have any questions that have gone unanswered about how I save money on real food, be sure to check the post When to Splurge, Settle, and Skip, and then leave your question in the comments if it’s not there. I love talking about food!
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