I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend! It was beautiful outside here and we adored getting to spend some time with the people we love.
If you’re like me, you might have indulged in some Cadbury creme eggs or some Peeps or maybe a chocolate bunny or four. Maybe. No judgement here. If that’s the case and you’ve set a goal to get back on track this week, we are totally in sync. 7 weeks until Memorial Day. Just saying. The swimsuit racks at Target are a good indicator of how close you are to Summer!
In February, we cleaned up our eating pretty well over here. Remember the Whole30? It has truly changed the way we think about food, shop for food and plan our meals.
Clean eating can be VERY expensive, but I’ve been jotting down my tips for eating clean on a budget.
In no particular order, here they are:
* Organic produce is best, but it is definitely pricey! I’d suggest focusing on the dirty dozen and replace those with their organic counterparts. Replace produce not on this list as you have room in your budget.
* Repeat the same dinner twice a week and make enough for yourself (or two of you) to have lunch the next day. Buying just one large package of chicken and a bulk package of organic grass fed beef is a whole lot cheaper than buying chicken, pork chops, beef, flank steak, and shrimp. Variety = expensive.
* Don’t buy all of the pre-made organic, non GMO sauces and condiments. Focus on 2 items per shopping trip, such as a dressing for your salad and some sugar free ketchup. Make your own mayo! Don’t feel like you need coconut amino acids, multiple salad dressings, sugar free barbecue sauce, sugar free ketchup, random Asian spices etc. Those things add up and honestly, you bought an entire bottle of sauce for one meal. Not worth it, in my opinion.
* Hook up with your health conscious friend and go to CostCo. You buy a bag of sweet potatoes, she buys a bag of red potatoes. Split all the fruit, veggies & meat in half and split the bill. You’ll save money, buy less, and have an accountability partner along the way. You can also trade recipes since you’ll both have the same ingredients. Why not team up and shop on a Saturday and prep all your food together?
Y’all seriously, My Greatest Tip to Date:
* I find a lot of marked down grass fed beef in one of the ‘fanciest’ grocery stores in town because most of their customers go straight to the meat counter and skip over the already packaged meat. Why? No clue. But I’m right there to scoop it up! Another huge tip: Frequent grocery stores with an organic line of meat or poultry in less affluent areas of town. I’m not trying to make any kind of assertion that people who live on smaller incomes eat less healthy food (but I’m sure there is some data and research available regarding why/how/how much), but I will say, if I was living paycheck to paycheck, I’d also be buying the regular chicken – if I could even afford meat that week- over the organic.
The organic stuff sometimes sits in the cooler a bit longer at these locations and it has to be sold or thrown away. I consistently find rock bottom prices on highly marked down organic chicken and beef in these sweet spots. Seriously. Go find that tucked away Kroger or other chain store and look for the organic meat. When you find it marked down, buy IT ALL.
I do this frequently and by the looks of our outdoor freezer, my husband thinks I have a meat hoarding problem. I’m sorry! I can’t pass over $2.59/lb organic grass fed beef!! Less than $3/lb for organic hormone free chicken? YES, give it all to me. $9 for a $40 organic free range whole turkey? Step aside, that turkey is going in my cart!
What are your favorite ways to save money on good quality food?
Cheers to getting back on track!