One question I’ve been asked a lot lately is whether you can economically feed your family a clean and healthy diet. It is a challenge for sure but there are many tips we’ve found to help us in our own family’s quest for health. With that I thought I would share a few quick tips – this is definitely not an extensive list – to help you get started:
- We’ve found Costco to be a great source of organic and natural foods – I’m not sure why there’s such a difference between Costco and other warehouse stores (like Sam’s Club), but it seems like Costco really has the best selection when it comes to healthier options. We especially love it when they offer their automatic rebates (essentially sales) on our favorite organic/natural food offerings. Not to mention, they really do have a great produce section. We always get our organic spring mix there as they are the cheapest in town.
- Make sure to check out a local group-buying option for your natural meat – I’m really struggling these days eating red meat because I know the high fat content and how unhealthy it is for me and my family; however, as an awesome alternative we have really been loving chicken, turkey and salmon. One tip we have found is that those group-buying options will help lower the price you pay for those favorite healthier meats. For example, one option for our chicken has been from Zaycon Foods (see this link for details); admittedly this is not organic chicken, but the site mentions their chicken does not contain any added hormones, additive or artificial ingredients.
- Find organic bread for a much cheaper price from Bountiful Baskets – We’ve recently found a great organic wheat bread from Bountiful Baskets – a weekly, nationwide co-op – for $2.50 per loaf. We have found that buying a few 5-packs and freezing them work well as they defrost beautifully. They have a couple of different bread options but all are made from whole grains. For example, their Organic 9-Grain Bread contains the following ingredients: Organic Whole Grain Wheat Flour, Organic Wheat Flour, Water, Organic Honey, Organic Red Wheat, Organic Oats, Organic Barley, Organic Corn, Organic Rye,Organic Flaxseed, Organic Millet, Organic Cracked Wheat, Organic Wheat Bran, Organic Cultured Wheat Flour, Organic Vinegar, Sea Salt, Yeast, Natural Enzymes.
- Get creative when it comes to buying produce – I encourage you to check the article Over 30 Ways to Save on Produce as it provides a number of different tips you might not have considered to save on produce.
- Buy dry beans in bulk and then cook and prep and freeze – One of our favorite ways to save money on beans is to buy dry organic beans in bulk and then cook them and freeze them (see an example of how we did that here). We’ve found that this doesn’t just save money but time as well.
- Check your local supermarket’s bulk sections – When buying nuts and other grains, we’ve found that some of our local supermarkets offer organic and/or raw selections. For many of our nuts, we’ve found the raw nuts to be the best price in these bulk bins.
- Don’t forget Trader Joes’ – I don’t know how they do it, but many times we have found Trader Joes’ to have the lowest prices – even compared to these other options above (e.g., recently we found the Trader Joes’ Raw Pecan Pieces to be much cheaper than the bulk bins in our local store). And although this doesn’t have to do with price, I just love our ventures into Trader Joes’ as we love the energy and excitement always waiting for us.
Obviously this list could keep going, but I thought that covering savings on your meat, produce, bread and other items might be a great place to start. Our family uses these options and just keep finding more and more creative ways to save.
If you have any tips that you are just dying to share, please leave a comment below and share with us all. I just love the health community as we all join together and encourage one another on to even better health.