Public service announcement, real food is not cheap!
Okay, now that we’ve covered that, let’s move on. I was recently chatting with a few readers on our facebook page (if you’re not over there I’ve love you for you to join us!) about what the hardest thing about cooking more real food was. The overwhelming response was money. It’s true real food isn’t cheap.
It’s hard living in a society where the average household spend about 13% of their income on food where as families that are trying to feed their families non-processed foods have to spend much more. Did you know that about 60 years ago the average house hold spend 34% off their income on foods? Back then there was far less processed junk out there to lure people in and convince them that it was okay.
When my parents were growing up most families still ate home cooked meals. Sure restaurant, freezer meals, cereal and other connivence foods were out their but it was not nearly as common to make those items staples. They were special treats. My mom remembers how spacial it was on the very rare occasion when my grandma would let their family of 9 pick out a freezer meal to eat. Restaurants were a every few years experience for them so freezer meals were extremely special. The thing is that my grandma only bought them a couple of times a year.
The rest of the year was filled with good, yet simple home cooked meals with just a few sweets sprinkled in the mix. Looking back my grandma sure had it right.
A simpler way of life is what I am all about but at the same time I acknowledge that it is HARD to slow down. Shops are open later, our work hours are different from what they used to be and sports teams have about a million more practices.I get that. That is why I think menu planning is a must for anyone. Even a single gal.
Top 5 Reasons to Menu Plan
- You save money
- You eat better
- You save time
- You are more aware of what you have
- It allows for flexibility
I have gone back and forth with menu planning. Every time I plan out my meals a week or longer in advance, I eat better and waste less. Please tell me that I’m not the only one that has found a squishy vegetable in the back of the drawer or a fuzzy container mystery food in the back of the fridge. They thing is I wish I was alone in that. When ever we waste food we are wasting time and money.
Food going bad is money down the drain. It also is a waste of your time for preparing it or a waste of time of the person who grew it. Please don’t feel bad bout the times this has happened to you, remember I’ve been in the same boat. The goal is to get out of the boat.
With constant menu planning you will find that you save money, eat more nourishing and waste less.
“Okay, so that’s all good Katie Mae but how do you expect me to start?”
I’m so glad you asked! I’m sure by now some little birdie has told you about this thing called “The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle”. If they haven’t, what rock have you been living under? 😉 All the same I’m excited to share some resources that are in it that will help you make a grocery budget ( ’cause those things are important), menu plan, make nourishing and tasty meals all while saving money!
There are so many awesome blogs out there written by even more awesome and amazing people that I am privlagded to call my colleges and friends. They are ready to help you along the way to successful menu planning and saving money on real food.
I just got down reading Tiffany’s 22 Days to a Fresh Start ($1.99 value) and loved it! It reminded me of ways I need to cut back on waste so I can have a fresh start as well. Meal Planning Made Easy! ($7.95 value) written by the sweet Kelly of The Nourishing Home is chalked full of helpful hints and tips to menu plan like a pro. The good old List PlanIt ($5.00 value) is just that, glorious lists to put what you’ve learned from these two ladies into practice!
Once you’ve got a budget in place and want to start planning meals you need recipes right? Never fear, there are so many great options to pick from! I haven’t read each cookbook yet but that’s okay. (I may just end up passing them along for some else to enjoy.) I want to point out my tried and true favourites.
I am a fan of almost everything Kimi of The Nourishing Gourmet creates. She is a sweet woman with a talent for creating nourishing meals that are so good! I own both of her print books about Salads and Soups and her ebooks as well. A few meals in Everday Nourishing Food ($4.99 value) are a bit more on the gourmet side, look those as a healthy and cost-effective way to have fancy meal out that would cost SO much more. Kimi, also has a simple and regular fair in her book that follows eating with the seasons, another great way to save money on food.
Shay’s book From Scratch ($9.99) is a jewel. I love to sit and look at the pictures from their farm and kitchen. She teaches you how to make tasty meals in your own kitchen. I’ve had the print edition for over a year now and love it! Learn from Shay how to make basic staples that you may be used to buying from the store.
Mandi’s Easy. Homemade. ($5.99 value) is just that! Think of something buy in a store, coffee shop or restaurant and I bet she’s covered it! You are never going to want to buy bread crumbs, mayo, pesto, chocolate syrup or seasoning mixes again. These are so much better for you, cost less to make and taste a gazillion times better.
Just these 5 books together would cost over $35 and it would be well worth it but with the bundle sale you get these 6 books plus 74 other resources and $200 worth of bonus products for $29.97! For that price it’s okay if every resource isn’t what you want or need. You have the freedom to pick and choose what you want to download to keep. If you want you can always gift the ones you don’t want to a friend. This sale is 95% off the regular price of everything together.