Let’s face it, food prices are only going to rise indefinitely! There are things you can do to ease the pinch of being able to feed your family a healthy meal.
Be choosey about products, read labels, check freshness and expiry dates. You want to get the best quality for your hard earned money. The fresher it is, the longer it will last. Make sure you have a grocery list and only buy the things you need and are out of.
Keep food simple, don’t buy prepackaged sauces that are laden with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Invest in a large selection of spices and make some easy homemade sauces if need be.
Buy in bulk, compare online flyers and shop where the sales are. Coupons are available in flyers and online. Find a cool place in the house to store your bulk potatoes, onions, carrots etc – like a cold storage cellar. Buy meat in bulk and portion it at home. Prepping crock pot meals with meat, spices and veggies all in one saves time and storage. You will alleviate pressure trying to juggle work and family meals when prepping ahead of time.
Forage for food in the wild when you can. Learn how to properly find safe wild mushrooms and edibles like fiddleheads, herbs & more. Hunt for your own food if you are able. It’s the safest most fresh meat you will get on the planet. Get your fishing license – go fishing and bring home dinner. Learn to dry & can foods for storage if you have limited freezer space.
Grow your own food. Do you have a beautiful manicured front lawn but no garden? Why?? In this day and age a lawn is redundant – dig it up and put a garden in! If it’s off season, try container gardening right in your home. We all need to try to do our best to be more self sustainable.
Eat at home as often as you can. Restaurants are laden with processed foods. Shop for the less expensive vegetables even if they are not a regular household staple for your family. Try new recipes, who knows…you might surprise everyone with a new family favorite.
Re-invent your leftovers, make stew, soup or whatever you can to use everything up and not be wasteful – you shouldn’t be throwing anything away as what you don’t use you can usually compost (for that garden you are putting in!) Most fruit can be frozen, so if those bananas are turning brown – freeze them for later use in banana bread. Or make a smoothie out of any frozen fruit.