On a budget? Yep, me too!
Want your family to eat good quality food so they stay healthy? Yep, right there with you!
What I’m about to recommend will be for anyone… with or without kids (or many mouths to feed). I have had to find ways to save money, especially as the prices of food has gone up so much, my boys won’t stop growing and the fact that I’m on a budget now that I chose to be a full-time entrepreneur.
Here are some of my favorite ways to save:
- Buy in bulk. This one goes with #2, but this also includes foods that can be stored for long periods of time (i.e. dried foods (pastas, rice, fruit, beans), nuts/seeds, canned or jarred foods, boxed dairy-free milk, etc.
I’m not always a fan of processed foods, but you can find some great healthy foods that are designed to store for a long time, and still are healthy!
Where I get bulk from:
- My local co-op. Check out the bulk section. Since there is not label, you save $$. They sometimes have a bulk sale too! I get dried beans, granola, nuts, rice, etc.
- Costco (see #2). Yeah, we all know that anything you buy at Costco is ginormous. Yet, they also have great stuff that stores for quite some time, is healthy and even offers sales too! (see #2 for more…)
- Thrive Market: This is #3 below, but has become a great online store that has fresh, frozen, packaged foods. You can sign up for a subscription to save more $$ and even get additional deals via signing up for their emails.
Best yet… they deliver to you! Time saver = gas saving for you.
- Amazon: There are many things that are deals on Amazon. Also if you are a Prime member, you save on shipping and sometimes get a coupon for certain products.
The other cool part… you get deals at Whole Foods for items (just need to use the Amazon app)… AND they will also deliver to your home as well.
- Costco: In a 2016 article by NTS Research & Inc, it was stated “Costco recently surpassed Whole Foods as the top seller of organic produce — with four billion in annual sales, but CEO Craig Jelinek says the company can’t get enough to meet customer demand. So they have launched a pilot program, loaning organic farmers money to buy land and equipment to increase supply of the wholesome fruits and veggies.”
In a future blog post I will go into details why organic is better, but for now, know that I do shop for organic produce at Costco. I also love that you save up to $6-8 a bag of organic frozen fruit, organic brown rice, and more. The canned foods like diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, olives, organic coconut milk, are far cheaper in bulk, and at my house, they get used for pasta dinners, chili, soup and the milk is used for smoothies and more. To top it off, they have great organic products to try hummus, granola bars, and even organic meats.
Yes, you may need additional pantry and freezer space, but you will be thankful for the money you will save.
- Thrive Market: This one is an online store that I have fallen in love with. They have so many of my favorite (and many new) items that I can purchase and have delivered directly to your home, with free shipping. They are also eco-friendly in their shipping packaging as well.
They have popular healthy branded items but also the “Thrive” brand alternatives that save you even more money.
Lastly, they sell frozen and refrigerator foods too. You can get wild caught fish, pasture-raised chicken and more.
If you sign up for their membership (very reasonable!), you get some crazy good deals. I just used a “30% off everything” deal just last week! Yay!
- Freeze produce (before it goes bad). Do you find yourself throwing out wilting produce? There are many times I just catch it in time to freeze it. Then I use it in recipes later, especially in fruit compotes and smoothies. (My youngest son will just eat a bowl of frozen fruit too.)
Items we commonly freeze: Spinach, Kale, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, strawberries, bananas, etc.
Don’t let it go to waste! Save it by freezing it!
- Subscription services: Although it’s scary to commit to a subscription service, they can really save you lots of money, especially on the things you enjoy often enough.
I know I mentioned Thrive above, but there are other companies selling their own products via subscription too. Amazon does this as well (great for supplements you get from them).
My family drinks a lot of spring water, but also likes to add fruit or this powder (Cardio Miracle) to our water. It’s a great flavoring with loads of health benefits. We use it daily so it makes a lot of sense to just have it automatically ship every few months. Plus, you get free shipping and a 15% discount!
With being a busy family of 4 that is ALWAYS on the go, we needed a high protein meal replacement. I have tried SO many kinds of powders, but this is the one I really love. It’s delicious and LOADED with nutrients! Kachava. You earn money to use on future orders, you get free shipping and if you refer to others, they get $20 and so do you! Plus, this one is a dried superfood product so it safe to store for many months of usage.
One thing to also call out, I like how easy Kachava makes it to change your order before it ships, and that you can delay the order without any issue too.
- Grow a garden: If you have a little space, it’s worth it. Even just pots that have tomatoes or herbs will save you some money. We love this as a way to save money but also teach our kids where food really comes from. They have a hand in planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. It’s so nice to be able to just step outside, grab some things for dinner and go!
My favorite things to grow are: lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, herbs, watermelon (this one takes up space!) and jalapenos.
- Canning: The old school way of creating shelf-stable food. Honestly, this is one that I’m currently learning for myself. I want to be able to can any of my produce from my garden so I can use it all winter long! Also, there are great benefits from canning fermented foods. Read more here.