How We Reduced Our Food Spending

Last month I told you about how we are attempting to spend less money on food. The result of our February experiment was that we spent $280 for the month which ended up being $109 less than February last year (2017). It’s also consistent with the $10 a day spending experiment that I have been doing to see if it is possible to eat well for $10 per day for two people. It IS possible.

The main things that made this possible were the following:

Eating in season. We bought blueberries when they were in season in the summer at a great price and then froze them for use now. We also froze most of our own fruit, including currants, raspberries and apples.

Not buying convenience foods. This is an obvious one. Convenience foods may look cheaper to start with but they are used up faster because the quality is poor. You end up spending more because you have to repurchase more often.

Eating a bit less. There is nothing wrong with eating less. I found this quite liberating. We were eating better quality food, and therefore not needing to eat as much because there were no cravings.

Cooking everything for ourselves. This is a must. I have found that eating at restaurants is actually not that fun for me. It’s really for convenience. I prefer the food that we make for ourselves, for the taste, the control of the quality, and time spent together. I know where the food is coming from and what goes in it.

Having a garden. Naturally, growing your own food is going to save you a bundle. It is more work for sure, but the quality of the food, at least in our case, is superior to anything we’d buy from the store.

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The Coming Months

We are continuing our spending freeze on food for the next two months at least to see if it can be kept up. We are definitely going to run out of potatoes this year but that should be about it and not sure if we’ll buy from the store when we do. We’d only buy if they are locally grown potatoes so we can’t predict if there will be many or any to buy in the spring.

Our source for meat is local, which provides us with grass fed beef, humanely slaughtered on farm, so we don’t need to buy meat at the store. This also saves us money. Even though we don’t eat much meat, I eat it for the energy it provides me. Not every one needs to do this but by the same token, not everyone can be healthy by eating only plants.

As an aside, but following the nutritional topic, our dogs eat a raw meat and whole food diet (no kibble or canned dog food). We are able to keep their meal costs to $100 per dog per month (more or less, as the dogs are different sizes and eat accordingly) which is extremely good.

So, all in all, our experiment is providing us with an interesting and useful pastime with a very good result so far.

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5 responses to “How We Reduced Our Food Spending”

  1. Darlene says :

    I’m totally impressed with your food budget. We are trying to grow more of our own food and eat simpler. But we have not had much luck reducing our grocery bill below an average of $700 per month. But we will keep trying. Eating lots of potatoes and beans this winter. If you run out of potatoes, let me know. I think we will have plenty to share.

    • Homesteading101 says :

      Thanks! I imagine when you garden gets bigger your food expense will get smaller? We can barter for the potatoes. Maybe we have something you need too. I’ll let you know.

  2. pobept says :

    By careful selection of what I bring in the house from my local market I have reduced my daily meal(s) cost to about $3.50 to $4.00 dollars a day. I’m single feeding 1 adult. How do you do that you ask?
    1. I never buy soda or ‘fruit’ drinks of any kind. Buy only 100% pure fruit juices.
    Hot drinks is either coffee or tea and cold drinks are limited mostly to water and ice tea.
    2. I never buy salt laden chips or dip. Not potato or corn chips of any kind.
    3. High sugar content products like cookies, fruit drinks, cakes and pies are reserved for special occasions and holidays. Grin .. I make an exception for stove top popped, popcorn. Go light on the salt!
    If it’s not in the house you won’t eat it…

    Poultry feed for 8 chickens, 2, ducks and 1 goose as well as 27% protein dog food, I have 2 medium sized dogs, comes from my local farmers coop at about $53.00 a month. I must note I free feed my dogs and a 50# bag will last 30 to 33 days.

    After I adjusted to doing without the salty / sweet snack products I do not miss or crave them

    Good luck and Happy Gardening

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