How to Eat Healthy On A Budget – 10 Money Saving Tips

10 Money Saving Tips for Eating Healthy on A Budget

A question I’ve gotten a lot lately is how to eat healthy on a budget. I can certainly sympathize, since this was one of my biggest struggles when we started eating this way.

Along the way, I’ve discovered a few resources and money saving tricks for stretching a budget while eating healthy foods, so I’ve compiled them in hopes that they can help you too!

Tip #1: Most Important Factor to Eat Healthy on a Budget- Meal Planning!

This alone has made the biggest difference in reducing our food budget and staying on track eating healthy foods. Meal planning allows me to make some foods ahead and have them available for lunches or to re-purpose for dinners.

Since meal planning, I am also able to only go to the store once a week or less and can often prepare most of the food for the week in one day, which cuts down my overall food prep time.

The system I use for meal planning and rotating meals is simple to adapt to your own favorite foods and dishes. The meal plans above let us eat a different meal each night of the month and then repeat. I also have more seasonal plans for Summer and Fall.

To make your own healthy meal plan system:

  1. Write down 14-28 recipes that your family likes that are healthy. If your budget is tight, pick recipes that are also inexpensive to make.
  2. On the front of a 3×5 index card, write the meal and the recipe.
  3. On the back of the index card, write how much of each ingredient is needed for this recipe for your family size. (I usually plan for leftovers for lunches)
  4. To meal plan: once a week or once a month, pick out the number of meals you need and put them in order for the week. Turn them over, add up the total of the ingredients, and you have a shopping list (just cross off any ingredients you have already)!
  5. Stick the cards on the fridge or bulletin board and put them away in your recipe box as you use them.

This system can help you stick to a list, and helps ensure that you always have foods prepared or ready to prepare, which limits impulsive purchasing and eating! On nights we are busy or in a rush, stir frys are my go-to dinner. Just throw some leftover meat and a few bags of frozen veggies in a skillet or wok with some butter, and viola- dinner in minutes!

Tip #2: Prepare in Bulk

I’ve found this especially helpful with regards to meat. When our budget is tightest, I prepare a large, inexpensive cut of meat and reuse it different ways throughout the week. I always keep an eye out for items like Turkey, Ham, Brisket, etc. to go on sale for these occasions.

A couple of weeks ago, for instance, I found whole turkey’s on sale for 39 cents a pound, which worked out to between $5 and $6 per turkey… I bought seven. Now, when we have company, (or even when we don’t) I just stick a turkey in the oven and have leftovers for the whole week.

To further stretch the budget, use the bones of any meat you eat to make a healthy bone broth or stock. Here are some simple recipes for turkey or chicken stock and highly nutritious beef broth/stock. Both can be stored in the freezer or even canned (make sure you follow instructions carefully when using any kind of meat product) to stretch them even further.

Some examples of how to repurpose the meats:

  • For turkey: leftover meat is rolled in lettuce leaves for lunches, made into turkey enchiladas for dinners, slow-cooked in Crock Pot for soups, added to omelets, put in stir frys etc. Bones used for broth/stock.
  • For Beef (Brisket, roast, etc.)- leftover meat is seasoned for fajitas, put in omelets, made into barbecue, thrown in soups, made into omelet quesadillas, etc. Bones used for broth/stock.
  • For Ham– Roasted with cauliflower for “ham and potatoes” dish, used with bone for ham bone soup, put in omelets, wrapped up in lettuce or on salads for lunch, stir fry with cabbage for fast meal, etc.

You can also prepare large amounts of ground beef, chicken breasts or any other meat you have around and structure your meals for the week around this.

Tip #3: Find Inexpensive Vegetables

Veggies can vary tremendously in price, depending on the time of year and the source. Focusing on veggies that are in season will help cut costs some.

In the winter, we use a lot of frozen vegetables since they are cheaper, and in my opinion, fresher than the “fresh” produce that has been shipped halfway around the world.

Vegetables like cabbage and sweet potatoes are inexpensive year round and can be great fillers and substitutes in recipes. I stock up on things like these when they are in season, usually buying several cases of sweet potatoes in the fall from farmers markets.

Cabbage costs just pennies a pound from farmers when in season, and can be made into sauerkraut for later use.

Winter squash also stores well and we buy this in bulk too.

Farmers markets, CSAs, and local farmers are great resources for buying inexpensive veggies in bulk. (more on that below)

Tip #4: Order in Bulk

Though there is more of a cost upfront, ordering in bulk can usually save money in the long run. We order non-perishables like coconut flour, shredded coconut, olive oil, coconut oil, herbal teas, liquid castille soap, almond flour, etc. in bulk from a co-op.

We also order cheese in bulk 10-20 lb blocks from an organic farmer who offers raw cheese. Finding these resources in your area can be tricky, but once you find and establish a relationship with farmers, it can be a tremendous help to the budget.

Tip #5: Find a CSA, Farmer’s Market or Local Farmer

Websites like Local Harvest and Eat Well Guide can help you find a farmer, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), or farmers market in your area. Websites like have resources for finding a local supplier of grass fed beef or other healthy animals.

Ask around too! We get most of our meats and vegetables from Amish farmers, but they don’t have listings online. Check with local health food stores- many will know places to find these items locally.

Tip #6: Grow Your Own Food

Even if you live in a big city, it is often possible to grow at least some of your own food. We have a 25 x 40 foot garden for vegetables, and also have fruit trees, grape vines and blueberry bushes in the works this year.

We are able to grow enough vegetables for summer and preserving throughout the year for our family of 5 in this space. We offset a lot of our food bill last year by growing our own, and it was much easier than I expected.

I haven’t tried it myself, but a lot of people recommend Square Foot Gardening to maximize space in small yards. Consider checking out a book on this if you are tight on space.

Tip #7: Get Some Chickens and Even a Cow!

I’ll be writing about this more in the future, but having chickens can be a great way to save on healthy food while on a budget, especially if you eat as many eggs as we do. We go through a dozen eggs a day right now, and since the truly free range eggs are close to $5 a dozen at times, having our own chickens is helping cut down the food bill a lot.

This wasn’t honestly something I ever expected to do, but we reused an old shed to make a chicken coop and now have 18 chickens producing 8-12 eggs a day in our backyard. Websites like Backyard Chickens offer a lot of information about raising chickens, even in a small backyard.

For most people, it isn’t feasible, but having a cow can also really cut down on the food bill in the long run. Right now, we get our beef from cow-sharing, where we purchase part of a live cow and pick up the meat once it is processed. If keeping a cow isn’t for you, look for a farmer that offers (grass-fed) beef in your area.

Tip #8: Preserve When Possible

Another factor that can really help cut down a food bill is the ability to preserve foods for use when they aren’t in season. Last year, I tried my hand at canning, and we are still enjoying the outcome.

This year, the goal is to can all of our tomato products for the year to cut down on BPA exposure from canned tomatoes. I also plan to can applesauce by buying several bushels when they are in season and making our own. Last year, we also canned condiments and pickles, and will do this again.

Freezing is another way to preserve foods, and our extra deep freeze in our shed has been a tremendous help for storing our 1/4 of beef and veggies from the garden.

Dehydrating is another option, though it takes a while and can be a slow process, at least with my dehydrator. If money is tight, look for dehydrators and canners at garage sales and thrift stores to save money over buying new.

Tip #9: Don’t Buy Drinks!

If you are trying to eat healthy, hopefully you’ve already cut out things like soda, canned drinks, and processed juices from your food budget. If not, do it now! This alone is a big step in improving overall health.

If you have consumed much of these beverages in the past, go back and look at the percentage of your food bill that they take up. In general, buying beverages in any prepared form is an expensive and unhealthy option.

Even fruit juices cause a big insulin spike in the body, and are expensive without offering much nutrition. Pasteurized milk isn’t a healthy option either as it contains some levels or hormones, and the nutrients have been largely removed by the pasteurization process.

Cutting those items from the food budget will often free up a lot of cash for healthier options. If you aren’t a fan of only drinking water, ever… there are still some healthier and cheaper options for nutritious drinks.

  • Water Kefir or Kombucha– These two beverages can be made at home for pennies and are great sources of nutrients and probiotics. Both are made with different types of reusable colonies of healthy bacteria and once you have these, they take only sugar and water to make again and again. I got my supplies from Kombucha Kamp, and have been very impressed. They also have some great videos explaining how to make both. Added Benefit: water kefir gets carbonated like soda, so it is a naturally satisfying sub for one of the most unhealthy drinks available!
  • Herbal Teas– To help my kids get vitamins in, I make herbal teas and keep them in a large pitcher in the fridge. I order herbs like Red Raspberry Leaf, Alfalfa, Nettle and Stevia in bulk and make tea by the gallon. It works out to under a dollar a gallon, usually much less. I use about a cup of dried herbs per gallon of water, and steep overnight for the most available nutrients. The kids love it, and I love that they are getting vitamins. Bonus: the mixture above tastes similar to sweet tea, a vice of old!
  • Homemade Coconut and Almond Milk– (coconut milk recipe coming soon!) I’ve found that making coconut and almond milk is much cheaper and healthier than buying them. It also lets me sneak in extra vitamins and good fats!

Tip #10: Save Money in Other Areas

The biggest advantage to eating a healthy real food diet is saving money in other areas (like doctor bills!). We haven’t been to a doctor since we started eating this way all the time, and we all coasted through flu season no problem.

There are other areas of a budget where you can save money to help buffer the food bill also. Here are some of the way’s we’ve done it:

  • We don’t eat out… ever. I admit, I love eating out. Not because the food is good (it usually isn’t) but because I don’t have to cook or clean for one whole meal. This is a big deal when you cook three hot meals a day and then have to do the dishes (and mop the floor as they case may be with a one year old!). That being said, eating out even once a month can use up a lot of the food budget at once. Saving the money from eating out lets me provide healthier options for me family at home, and none of us miss eating out much. [The one exception here is that my husband and I go out on a “real date” every couple months when family offers to babysit, though this is usually just for salads!]
  • Make expensive baby items at home: I’ve saved money by making my own Natural Homemade Baby Wipesbaby food, and cloth diapers. All of these items are expensive in stores and healthier when made at home.
  • Make Your Own Natural Cosmetics/Beauty Products- This is another area to save money and get healthier options. Try using someNatural Homemade Substitutes for Conventional Beauty Products or making your own deodorant and toothpaste.
  • Make Your Own Cleaning Products– This one is so easy and saves a lot of money. If you aren’t doing this already, you should be, and you probably already have the stuff at home. Try these recipes to make the switch easier:

Make Your Own Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent
Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent
Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Natural Oven Cleaning
Natural Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe
Easy Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe
Floor and Tile Cleaner Recipe

  • Cut Back on Supplements– Unless you are taking a very specific supplement for a condition, chances are you can back off of some supplements when you start eating healthier. You can also get vitamins, minerals and probiotics much more inexpensively my making herbal teas, bone broths, and kefir/kombucha. Your diet is naturally higher in these things too, so if you have to cut back on the supplements to eat a real food diet, consider doing this. Supplements are meant to “supplement” a good diet anyway, and you can’t out-supplement a bad diet. In general, it is better to have healthy food options than to pop pills.
  • Exercise at Home or With Your Kids– Chances are you already have running shoes (or exercise barefoot… the trend is growing). If you are paying for a gym membership, consider using this money for real food instead. Do some sprints outside or learn how to do pushups at home. Make exercise fun without being a gym-rat by playing a game of soccer with the kids. Added bonus: you are keeping your kids active too!
  • Do a Media Detox: If you’ve made the above changes and money is still tight, consider doing a media detox and cutting back on entertainment related expenses. We cut out cable a couple years ago, and we don’t even miss it. We can watch most things online, and even signing up for Netflix is cheaper than a cable bill in most cases. Face it- the news is usually depressing and it doesn’t seem to be getting much better. Consider getting rid of the cable, newspaper subscription, new radio, etc. to have money to put in healthier areas of your life. Our kids don’t get video-games either (oh, the horror!) and they don’t care… they have this great entertainment called the backyard!

 How do you eat healthy on a budget?

Ten money saving tips eat healthy on a budget by meal planning, buying in bulk, eating in season, growing some of your food and more.

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  1. All very good tips. It can be a bit expensive eating a healthy diet, but with proper planning the costs can be significantly reduced. One tip I use is to eat a meal every day consisting mainly of eggs, which are dirt cheap.

  2. Any recommendations on how to eat out healthily when necessary? We recently took a three-day vacation and it was very, very hard to find anything decent to eat.

    • Eating out is tough. I usually stick with salads or chicken/steak with broccoli or something. It is hard though since most restaurants offer some kind of grain based product with everything!

    • I have found it worth while to go to a little cafe rather than many fast food places, if I can get a large chili, or soup to share with my toddler, and my other 2 kids can often split one item, either a sandwich or soup etc. Most cafe’s will give you tap water, and I often splurge on a coffee. I also find that shopping in our little town 10 min. away is overall cheaper (although many things in the little grocery store cost more) because we can be done our shopping and come home for lunch at home. If I go to a bigger center, I almost always end up eating out, and with the extra gas have found it worth it to shop local more, and do a big Costco run about every 2 months for some bulk items.

  3. Hello! I’m new to your site and I LOVE IT! I’m curious…when you talk about purchasing whole turkeys for .38 cents per pound, was that organic or do you not always buy organic? This is a HUGE dilemma for me as organic, grass-fed, pastured meats are far more expensive and not readily available at mainstream groceries, but are what I really want my family eating and what I always try to buy. I am looking into purchasing a portion of a cow from a local farm, but in the meantime I have to feed us something. And I truly hate the thought of making something good – fresh stock from bones – with meat that has antibiotics, hormones, GMOs, etc. How do you work that one out?

    THanks! Colleen

  4. I second Colleen’s question – do you always buy organic/pasture raised meats?  It’s already so expensive just buying good quality meat for my husband and me, I can’t fathom the bill when our first baby comes this Spring and we start having more children…!

  5. I love fresh fruits… I don’t usually eat vegetable but when I decided
    to live a healthy life, I did and aside from having a healthy lifestyle
    it save me a lot…so if you really want to save extra prepare your own
    food and go for fruits and vegetables. Great article. 

  6. Compounding may be THE most important investing concept. If people really understood it they would begin saving early! Great explanation, as always.

  7. I have been buying and preparing a shank cut of beef in my crockpot…..not only is it an inexpensive is DELICIOUS! I can usually find shank cuts at the grocery store for a couple dollars each. Many times one shank cut is enough meat for both my husband and myself when you add veggies. Plus I love the fact that it is a “bone-in” cut so I get all the wonderful benefits of the bone and marrow!

  8. starting my first garden this yr. I am so excited. also, I am in the marker for a deep.freezer, I hope to buy a cow.

  9. This has really inspired me to get serious about the garden this spring. We dabbled at gardening last year and the year before, got some decent cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes out of it, but didn’t do anything with them past what we could eat off the vine. This spring, I want to grow those things again, but this time make home-made ketchup and tomato sauce, pickles, and actually use the carrots in recipes instead of just munching on them raw once in a while. I planted garlic in the fall too, so that will be ready next fall!

    • I’m not always great at canning everything in my garden, but most veggies can be frozen! This past year I have the giant ziplock bags and froze tomatoes. Took the skin of first. Whenever a recipe calls for canned tomatoes I just take some out, run under hot water to thaw a little, and chop up! Works great! Freezing breaks them down some so they cook easily!
      Just a reminder that not everything needs ‘canned’! zuchinis can be shredded and frozen.

  10. Meal planning is the most important tip. Just like you can’t meet your financial goals without proper planning, you can’t think about saving money on food without planning your meals in advance. You know what your family likes to eat. Just make a list of the recipes that your family likes and buy the essential ingredients. Buy the
    important ingredients in bulk. For instance: chicken, ham, bacon, etc. Sometimes,
    you can get heavy discounts if you buy these items in bulk.

  11. Wow, thanks for all theese inspiring ideas! One thing that I think is quite usefull to remember is to buy only the ingredients you will use to make meals. I used to think that there were ingredients that allways had to be around, never running out, in every household! It’s actually quite unhealthy to have loads of bits and pieces people can just snack on all the time. An other thing is shopping… It shouldn’t be an activity, as every thing around us suggests it should! Those big malls with nice music, comfortable seats and entertainment for kids I used to spend hours in are now the places you wouldn’t see me in even if I was paid for it! I don’t “go shopping” with my kids anny more, either I or my husband goes to “fetch the weekly necessities” instead! And boy do we stick to the list!

  12. Not only does this article provide a lot of great information for eating healthy on a budget, it’s great for all around health on a budget. Thanks for the tips. I need to do more stir fry meals. Meat and veggies taste amazing with the proper spices.

  13. I want to start eating healthier so badly that I always find myself with nothing to eat. I’m forced to eat unhealthy or not to eat at all. It seems that you can find organic and other fancy stuff in the US but here in Puerto Rico nothing is produced and everything comes from other countries and what we get is high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors EVERYWHERE! I even try to talk to my mom about healthy food and which foods are bad for us and all she can say is “nonsense, if everything is bad, then we would’t eat ANYTHING AT ALL”, and ignores me. And although I try to convince her that there ARE other options I really feel like that too. And well, it sucks to have no support from anyone either. I also hate having to struggle with low iron levels because of the poor and little food choices that I have. These recommendations doesn’t even apply to the lifestyle anyone can afford to have here in PR. It’s depressing, really. 🙁

    • Pamela, have you found any foods that at least help you eat healthiER? I am in the same situation as you, I live in Nicaragua, and its difficult. Im doing a lot of research, and I am determined to find the solution. There always is one, if we look hard enough. When I find it, I will share it with you 🙂

      • I live in Belgium (originally from Canada) and it’s not easy here either. Grass fed meat is almost impossible to find and organic is expensive…people here give their little kids coke and processed and fried foods are the norm 🙁
        But i am also determined to find a way!!

  14. I’m new to your site and love it! Such a great resource. I agree that meal planning goes a long way to help the budget. Ours has been $1300/month for our family of 4 for the last 2 years and I finally decided I don’t want to spend so much, especially since I already make everything from scratch! One way I’ve been able to cut spending is by heading to Costco the first week of the month and raiding their organic foods. Then, I meal plan for the month using these foods and stay away from the market for 2 weeks. After that, I fill in the gaps from Trader Joe’s for the last 2 weeks of the month. This has cut our grocery spending by $500/month. We could get it lower, but we do a weekly burger night with gluten-free buns and my kids love their juice. We eat organic/grass-fed and about 80% Paleo.

  15. Hi, im finding the links to your meal plans aren’t working? Could you check them? Keen to check them out : )

  16. Thank you for these tips! I love living healthy…

  17. One thing that has helped immensely in cutting down on unplanned eating is to record any television shows we intend to watch — no, really! That way we spend less time just sitting there because we fast-forward through all the adverts. Have you ever noticed that you crave a snack whenever you’re watching tv? And did you ever notice how many of the ads are for unhealthy foods? We might make a bowl of plain popcorn when we sit down to watch a movie, but this is a planned snack, and doesn’t cost much. Plus no unplanned tv watching — we watch only those shows we have planned (usually quite limited).

  18. I’m curious about the farmers market you mention. We have a weekly farmers market in the summer, it’s all local but the prices are almost always sky high. Its much more expensive to shop there than the grocery store. Are your farmers markets different?

    • Yes, I find that the prices are less expensive than at the market. However, it should be noted that not all farmer’s markets are equal. For example, some of the sellers at farmer’s markets will supplement their own crops with crops grown elsewhere. Sometimes they just want more of the same to sell, and sometimes its something that is locally out of season but may be growing elsewhere, or it’s something that they know is really popular. Or maybe they have one boom crop of something and want to have a little diversity so they trade half their crop for something else they know will sell. I am not saying that this is bad or wrong, as frequently the crops are traded for fairly and are still high quality, but it can definitely raise prices. The best way to avoid getting hit by this is knowing what grows locally when, and stick with buying seasonal fare.

  19. Trying to cut down on throwing thing out so curious – how do you dispose of leftover meat and chicken bones after you make bone broth?

  20. Dear Katie! Wonderful tips! Do you have any advise on dehydrator choice? Should I look for stainless steel , or would plastic ones be ok to use? The price difference is dramatic, but the health is still a priority! Which one would you recommend?

  21. While I agree many of these tips can be helpful, I think it’s important to point out that they are not always practical for families on very tight budgets, those with both parents having jobs outside the home, or those without much storage space. Not that many years ago, I lived in a tiny apartment with only a 3/4 size fridge/freezer, and hardly any cabinet space – it made it hard to buy in bulk or purchase extra of anything on sale. Again, not saying you don’t have great ideas, just noting for the record they don’t work for all.

    • I was feeling this heavily myself as I read on… I am about to start a new chapter in my life – having my first child, and becoming step-parent to other my significant other’s children. I suddenly have an entire family to worry about feeding, and both of us work full time and have little time to dedicate to food preparation. We live in a small space with a high cost of living. The budget will be incredibly tight. Until now, I’ve been able to afford to eat very clean, because I only had to worry about myself. I had fewer bills to pay and didn’t have to worry about what anyone else might want to eat. Living in an apartment we have limited freezer/storage space. There is a farmer’s market that only runs for maybe 3 months out of the year, with an extremely limited selection. To drive to any local farm, the gas money spent would negate any money I’d save buying direct. I don’t have the money or space to buy much in bulk. It takes a little extra planning and some sacrifice for me to eat well on a budget.

      What I’ve gathered so far, from other advice I’ve come across and my own experience… buy cheap staple items, then plan your meals around what’s on sale that week. Buy larger cuts of meat on sale, and use them for multiple dishes. Eat less meat, and more eggs. Use less meat in dishes that you can supplement with beans. I also put mushrooms in my salads instead of meat. If you see an amazing deal on a large quantity of meat, buy it, then wrap and freeze portions for future use. Purchase only produce in season and/or what’s on sale (including frozen). Certain things are worth it in bulk. I will be getting a Costco membership again, but only for very specific items like organic frozen veggies, cooking oils, coconut milk, nuts, etc. that I’ve found cheapest there. Dried beans, oatmeal, rice, etc. are great to buy in bulk if any local grocery store has bulk dried goods, they are incredibly cheap and keep for a long time. Keep your dishes simple (this one was big for me) – if you season a dish well, it doesn’t need many ingredients to be truly satisfying. Soups are great for stretching ingredients and using leftover meat. I also try to make extra dinner portions to eat for lunch the next day.

      I end up sacrificing in the meat department. I rarely eat steak or seafood. Bacon is a rare treat since I avoid nitrates/nitrites and that means super pricey bacon. I tend to buy whole chickens or thighs and roast them. If I find grass fed beef on clearance, I buy it and freeze it when I get home (the clearance meat is usually reaching it’s sell by date). I don’t buy everything organic, but I try to make the better choice when I can’t make the best choice. For example, the dairy I buy isn’t organic, but it is free of antibiotics and hormones and other additives. This actually makes a big difference in how I feel, as milk that is treated (or any product from such milk) gives me terrible indigestion. I was blaming lactose for the longest time, but lactose hardly bothers me at all these days.

      Oh, another big one – I only drink water, other than my morning cup of coffee (and I get that for free at work). Now to break everyone else of their soda and juice habits….

      I know I could be eating so much better than I am. On the other hand, I eat better than most most anyone I know. Even the changes I can afford in my diet make a huge difference in how I feel day to day. Someday far in the future I’ll have a house and a garden and chickens and a chest freezer and all that good stuff. For now, I do the best I can, and refuse to feel guilty for not doing more.

      I’m sorry for the long long post, but I’ve been giving this a lot of thought, and writing it all out helped me immensely. I hope it helps someone else, too!!! 🙂

  22. I have a question about drinks. It is over.100 degrees F for roughly 5 months if the year here. Replacing salts and electrolytes is essential. Do you have any suggestions for making this myself ? The ones I have made so far have tasted too salty.

  23. We have a very tight budget (400$ month for our family of four) so I have to prioritize making healthier choices in what we eat the most of. I want to try many of these techniques- my question is: how do you find time to make eerything at home while managing a day with five kids? What does your daily schedule look like? Do you plan a day once a month to make most things (like soaps, cleaners, etc) and a day for preserving foods? I feel like I can barely keep up with toddlers and get the dishes done and dinner made in a day! (I’m also 16 weeks pregnant so that will hopefully change my energy levels once te baby is here).

  24. Great article. I really liked all the links for homemade recipes. Thank you!

  25. Hi Katie,

    I loveeeee your blog! What do you think of the food saver? I know you said that you dont use plastic but i thought that plastic is only bad if it was heated.


  26. This is a really great article, I mostly live off of veggies and while I prefer fresh, I’ll buy frozen for cooking if it’s cheaper… especially in colder weather when i like warm curries and sautees, or wilted salads with roasted veggies. For instance, I went to buy cauliflower and almost had a heart attack because it was about 5$ for a head and I reallllllllllly wanted some nummy cauliflower mash, so I walked over to the frozen section, saw cauliflower for 2 bags for $3 and greedily man handle-scooped them into my basket and ran away like Gollum. lol When I find dicounted bulk veggie bundles, I’ll get them and either freeze or do a quick icebox pickle(depending on the item)if it’s more than i know I’m going to get around to using right away since I’m just cooking for myself. Not only do I prefer icebox pickled things for that fresh crunch, but it’s cheaper than buying peemade and I get to cut out all that extra sodium that even my most prized favorite Clausen pickles have. I also try to use as much of the plants I consume as possible, even thibgs normal people throw away, like the leaves from the head of cauliflower, they are great roasted, they are very fibrous though so simetimws I’ll put them in my pressure cooker and make a lovely soup or braised warm veggies like carrots, cellery, snap peas, and some tumeric, thyme, and herbs or asian style wirh bock choy, miso, ginger, liquid aminos. I also save orange and citris peels to candy, or I dry them and save them for cooking instead of buying roasted orange or lemon zest… and even fresh, so good in salads and even manderin orange zest in a stirfry?! Heaven.

    I also try to grow my own herbs or at least get living ones but I can chew through an entire basil or mint plant so quickly with a pesto and tbh, I love cilantro so much that I can eat a cilantro salad. lol Anyone have tips on how to use herbs with out killing the plant so quickly?

    If one thing is for certain, living freshly is not cheap, I just moved to a new city and still can’t figure out how to best eat for cheap because it’s quite a drive to get to any natural stores and I’m going to be super angry if they don’t have everything I need. lol I hate going from store to store… to store. I feel like what I spent in gas and time.. xc

  27. Looking at this can be really overwhelming. But even just taking a few of these ideas could be really great.

  28. I love tips above – and completely agree, especially with #6! I started my own garden less than a year ago and it’s easier that I thought. Growing food is the ultimate way to get almost free, organic produce!

  29. I absolutely agree with Tip #6: Grow your own food – it’s a great way to improve our health and save money, without pesticides. It’s fun too.

    If you don’t have much space (or a suitable garden), there are still plenty of plants you can grow in pots, or vertical planters.