We do mostly whole foods eating here. So couponing isn't an option, I mean when was the last time you saw, save a $1.00 on two pounds of apples? It's unheard of.
I have found out how to get the most bang for my buck here in my area.
With the rising cost of food and having to feed a family of 8, whole food nutrition. My food bill can easily sky rocket if I'm not careful.
So here's what I do to save. We bought a 1/2 of cow. Big investment, but my freezer is full of meat and I won't have to buy any meat for several months. I should add this is organic, grass-fed, delicious meat!!!
I'm also looking into getting chickens this way too, but haven't found a vendor yet.
Once a month I travel to a neighboring state and buy my raw milk, grass fed eggs. I will also make several stops while out there and pick up things like a 50lb bag of organic sugar for $37.00. 5 lbs. of Raw Cheese, $20.00. And bulk oatmeal, beans, pasta, etc.
For my weekly shopping I utilize Costco and my grocery stores. Costco is usually the cheapest as far as fresh fruit goes, (although not organic) .. I buy the frozen organic veggies from there. And Frozen organic Fruit for smoothies. Half and Half, butter, yeast and quiona.
At local stores, I only shop there clearance. When I'm out running errands I will stop or lucky for me my 19 year old daughter will stop and we ONLY buy what is one clearance. We have super keen eyes for the tags.
I can get organic chicken for 1/2 price. Stonyfield yogurt for 75 % off. Greek yogurt for 75% off. I'm talking I will pay $1.25 for something that would be $4.99 regular price.
My latest deal:
fresh sweet and hot Italian sausage 12 oz. packages for $1.25 per pack!!!
One of best investment we ever made was on a huge industrial freezer. I bought it at a yard sale several years ago for $150.00.
If you watch dates you'll know when to head to your grocery, for the discounts.
Shopping this way has help keep out food down to a good reasonable budget.
I do a TON of homemade EVERYTHING.. granola, pancakes, bread, etc.
We don't do much processed at all.
One of the biggest complaints with people making the switch from processed foods to whole foods is the cost. You CAN'T buy both.
So my suggestion is to switch over slowly. Start with getting bread out of the house. then move to introducing whole food snacks to the kids. Slowly begin cooking meals from scratch, say twice a week, then advance from there.
If you try to switch to quickly this will only cause failure in the process.
The goal is that you successful transition from processed foods to whole foods. I promise you can do this on a budget, and effectively feed you family excellent nutrition.