No matter how many times I try to explain it’s actually not or point out that the payoff that comes from eating healthy is far greater than any cost incurred, it usually falls on skeptical ears.
I know it can happen. When I first started transforming my kitchen and my body, I was also dead broke. You can read the nitty gritty here or here about my $150 food budget (for a family of five) but the point is, we ate healthy and we had very little money.
I planned menus and used cookbooks with sometimes fancy ingredients. Then I went to Wal Mart or Stop N Shop and coupon clipped and bargain shopped and did it all on cash.
It can be done but I’ll admit I’ve gotten away from it. As our finances have loosened a little, I’ve moved over to health food stores and gourmet shops more frequently. I’ve used way more fresh foods than frozen and bought more mindlessly than ever before.
Let me tell you-eating that way IS expensive and we don’t have that much extra money.
So this summer I’m getting back to my roots. I’m heading back to WalMart and Stop n Shop and all the “Real” grocery stores armed with my coupons and my calculator and my menu plans. Then I’ll report back here so you don’t have to do all that work-just reap the rewards. You can be budget conscious and eat well.
My wallet and my scale are proof.
Check back every week for our latest budget foods adventure. They’ll now be housed under the Fit & Frugal Label on the Blog tab.