There are many strategies available to stretch your food dollars while feeding your family healthy foods.

Rather than wasting money on expensive cereal boxes and bags of chips, put your money toward foods that will serve your health well, such as raw organic dairy, cage-free organic eggs, fresh vegetables and fermented foods you make at home (fermented foods are incredibly economical because you can use a portion of one batch to start the next).

The following strategies will also make it easier to eat well on a tight budget: ­

Identify someone to prepare meals. Someone has to invest time in the kitchen to prepare your meals, or else you will succumb to costly and unhealthy convenience foods. So it will be necessary for either you, your spouse, another family member or someone you pay to prepare your family’s meals from locally grown healthful foods. ­

Become resourceful: This is an area where your grandmother can be a wealth of information, on how to use up every morsel of food and stretch out a good meal. Seek to get back to the basics of cooking—using the bones from a roast chicken to make stock for a pot of soup, extending a Sunday roast to use for weekday dinners, learning how to make hearty stews from inex inin inexpesive cuts of meat, using up leftovers and so on. ­

Plan your meals: If you fail to plan you are planning to fail. This is essential, as you will need to be prepared for mealtimes in advance to be successful. Ideally this will involve scouting out your local farmer’s markets for in-season produce, and planning your meals accordingly. But, you can also use this same premise with supermarket sales or, even better, produce from your own vegetable garden. ­

You can generally plan a week of meals at a time, Make sure you have all ingredients necessary on hand, and do any prep work ahead of time so that dinner is easy to prepare if you’re short on time in the evening. Before you go to bed, make a plan as to what you are going to take to work for lunch the next day. This simple strategy will let you eat healthier and save money. ­

Avoid food waste: According to a study published in the Journal PloS One, North Americans waste an estimated 1,400 calories of food per person, each and every day. ­

Buy organic animal foods. The most important foods to buy organic are animal, not vegetable, products (such as meat, eggs, butter, etc.) because animal foods tend to concentrate pesticides in higher amounts. If you cannot afford to buy all of your food organic, opt for organic animal foods first.

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