Clean Eating On A Budget

We have some of the cutest kids in our neighborhood! And we are lucky enough that these sweet kids L-O-V-E our dog. In fact, right now they are playing with her and you would think that I am doing THEM a favor. These kids sure are making me love our neighborhood even more than we already did…

But on to today’s post!

Just like most individuals, my husband and I are on a budget. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I do the grocery shopping in our house, so I’m the one familiar with what type of a price for a specific product is too much or a great steal. With saying that… I don’t compromise our health for the sake of money. I choose to buy real foods that will benefit our health and lives and have learned to make cuts where needed so that we can have healthy delicious food 90% of the time.

Clean Eating Budget

I hear so many people who say that real food is just to expensive to buy on a regular basis. Wanna know something… they are half right. The said truth is that in America foods that contain soy, dairy, wheat and corn are subsidized by our dear government. This pretty much just means that the government pays the farmers that produce the above food money to help them with the cost of growing and harvesting these foods. THe result is that these farmers can sell us their goods for a price that is ultimately reduced compared to the cost of growing, harvesting and shipping out these products.

Now please remember… I’m not just speaking about bagged flour, canned corn and cartons of milk. Instead, I am speaking about any items in the grocery store that has these products such as cereal, bread, hamburger helper, cheeze-its and so on, and so forth!

Why am I telling you this? Because to understand why my grocery shopping list (and hopefully yours) is relatively small compared to the money you are spending every week for food, you have to first understand the cost of real food and why is may seem high. In essence however, when you don’t buy real food, you are ultimately spending money on future health problems.

Let’s get to the food I bought this week for a whopping $84…

Grocery Haul

{ Not Pictured – A Whole Chicken from a Local Farmer }

  • Make a List – and check it twice! You will spend way more on your groceries if you just simply go to the store without a list of items that you need to buy. To make a proper list, you have to do some sort of meal planning for the week. If you need more help/info on this topic check out this post.
  • Stay the course – in the outside of the store. It is important to stick to staying in the isles that you need to be in (perimeter of the store) so that you stay away from all of the goodies that may be enticing such as cookies, cereal and other treats that we shouldn’t be eating on a regular basis. By staying away from the foods in the store that you shouldn’t be buying, you will easily save money on your over all bill.
  • Prioritize – what you are willing to spend more money on. I try to make sure all of my dairy is from either a local source or organic. This is important to my family, so we spend more on these items. Lately I have been buying them from Trader Joe’s simply because I have yet to find a local farmer that I like out in the D.C. area. Because this is important to me, I go to two different grocery stores and scrimp on some other items so that we can afford this. Maybe for you, it isn’t organic or local dairy… maybe it’s a birthday party coming up this weekend that you are hosting or because you want to have pizza for your family once a week. Sacrifice intentionally so that you don’t have to sacrifice as a whole.
  • No snack attacks – by taking meal planning a step further. As I said above, meal planning is key to successful shopping for groceries on a budget. I highly encourage you to take this a step further than just main meals. By planning out your breakfast, lunches AND SNACKS, you can easily avoid buying food that will increase your total bill as well as your waist line. Portion control as well as intentional eating will save you in more ways than one.
  • Take it slow – week by week in fact. This week (as you can see in the pictures above) was a heavier produce week for us. This is because I plan my meals not only on what the sales looks like that week, but also what is left in my refrigerator from last week. This means that some weeks you may be buying the bulk of your groceries in the meat department while others in produce. Roll with the punches and remember that you are in control of what you buy and what you eat.

I hope that these few tips help you to buy and eat more food that will help you thrive. After all, why go to work and get paid if you aren’t using that money to better your life in a way that will pay off for years to come. If you are new to clean eating and need more encouragement to spend a bit more money on real and healthy food, look at each grocery shopping trip as an opportunity to invest in yourself and your health.

How do you handle your weekly grocery shopping trips?

Do you enjoy grocery shopping or is it a chore to you?

What are some tips that you would like to share with all of us to help us make clean eating on a budget easier?

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