Eating Healthy on a Budget and Other Grocery Budget Thoughts

by Marcy on May 30, 2008 · 0 comments

With rising food prices, is it still possible to eat healthy food on a budget? I think it is definitely a challenge, but I do think it is possible. Using coupons, shopping around, and stocking up when healthy items are on sale are all ways that you can attempt to eat healthy food for less.

Growing your own food is also an option if you live in a more rural area and don’t have a variety of stores to choose from.

Here is what I purchased at Kroger tonight for $55.07:

* 2 packs of Organic Strawberries – $4
* Bananas – $1.34
* Dole Bagged Salad – $2.19 (used $0.55/1 coupon which didn’t double for some reason?)
* 5 lbs Idaho Potatoes – $2.99
* Grape Tomatoes – $2.99
* McCain Seasoned French Fries (frozen) – $0.50 (used $0.75/1 coupon which doubled)
* 3 bags Steamfresh Frozen Veggies (frozen) – $4.37 (used $1/3 coupon)
* Kroger Pretzels – $0.99
* DiGiorno Frozen Pizza – $4.99
* 2 Annie’s Organic Mac & Cheese – $3.18
* Bottle of Wine – $7.99
* Egglands Best Eggs (1 dozen) – $2.49 (used $0.35/1 coupon which doubled)
* Pork Loin Roast – $5.55
* 2 Half Gallons of Horizon Organic Milk – $4.98 (used 2 – $1/1 coupons)
* 1 Gallon Milk – $2.50
* Kashi Granola Bars – $1.50 (used $2/1 coupon)
* 1 Loaf Kroger Brand 100% Whole Wheat Bread – $1.34

With the exception of the wine (a rare treat) and the frozen pizza, I think I had a pretty healthy shopping trip. I did pay more for the salad and veggies than I would have cared to, but I was still able to stay within $5 of my budget. Speaking of budget, I had about $51 left to spend for the month. That means that I am using up a lot of food from my pantry and freezer for our dinners next week.

One of my new goals for this blog is to start posting what I purchase at the grocery store from time to time, in an attempt to show you how I am spending my $90/week. I’m hoping that if you are just beginning your own grocery budget challenge that this will help to show you that it is possible to cut back but still eat well.

If you are overwhelmed at the thought of cutting back on your grocery budget, start small. Maybe try to start by cutting $10 off of your bill. Or if you aren’t comfortable (or able) to cut back much, you could try just sticking to a consistent budget…for the week, month, or whatever works best for you. I know that sticking to a budget may seem difficult right now due to the rising cost of everything food, but I think with a little sacrifice and planning that it is doable.

I am currently working on a post about the process I use to come up with my grocery list and menu plan for each week. While I am not an “expert”, I am hoping that those of you who are new to cutting back will get some useful info out of it.

For those of you out there who have more experience when it comes to be frugal, how do you manage to feed your family healthy food on a budget? Do you have any tips or secrets to share?

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