From Monica: I would love to hear how you eat healthy and frugally. If we have a low month, it is so hard for me to be able to afford the healthier things.
Wouldn’t it be nice if healthier foods were less expensive than junk? 😉
For several years, our family adhered rather strictly to a $50 a week grocery budget. Last year, our budget stretched a little to accommodate a growing family.
Then, due to health issues, we had to go gluten free. Talk about breaking the bank! Eating wheat-free can cost double or triple what our measly little budget can afford. Not a good thing for this frugal homemaker.
Needless to say, I’ve been working very hard to come up with a few more ways to tame the grocery bill.
This Frugal Food Project is an ongoing challenge for me, but here are three ideas our family is implementing in order to better “afford” healthy food:
1. We don’t eat out much. We’ve never been restaurant junkies, but in the last year our dining out has dropped from occasionally to rarely. Jeremy and I usually work in a “date” once or twice a month, but it’s not likely that you’ll find our entire family sitting in a restaurant very often. It’s just hard to justify spending a week’s worth of grocery money on one meal.
2. We buy in bulk a lot. Buying health food in bulk costs more up front, but you can save quite a bit in the long run. For instance, some months I can snatch up sucanat for a little over $1 a pound from our food co-op if I buy it in bulk. Compare that to over $3 per pound if I order it online, or nearly $8 a pound from a health store!
Feel free to check out our Eating Healthy on a Budget posts for more ideas on shopping frugally and healthy.
How do you make room in your budget for healthy food?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.