#1 Question I am asked: Budget & Basic Shopping List?
“How do I feed my family REAL food & stay within a budget?”
I believe that packaged & “convenience” items are a complete money waster. I have found huge savings in skipping these types of products. There are plenty of natural options that are just as convenient.
I am so accustomed to purchasing the same basic items each week – I grab my basics & then scout out the meat, produce & frozen produce for SALES. This gives me the chance to experiment with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
My basics that I keep at home:
- Lean meat/Fish(watch the sales.) When the price is good, purchase extra to freeze.
- Almond milk- (no carrageenan added)
- Nuts (watch the sales!)
- All-natural nut butters,
- Greek all natural yogurt,
- Frozen fruit-an awesome treat!
- Frozen Vegetables,
- A fresh herb or two to add flavor to everything!
- Coconut oil & Olive Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar,
- Brown Rice, Quinoa, Beans,
- Natural Popping Corn (to air pop),
- Natural stevia,
- raw honey,
- and pure maple syrup
Then I head over to the produce section where the majority of my groceries are found.
In the produce section, buy according to the SALES -usually in-season
Try new things!
Items such as: apples, carrots, bananas, lemons, celery, mushrooms, lettuces, spinach, avocados, sweet potatoes, peppers, cucumber, onions & zucchini, are usually inexpensive & always purchased weekly.
I’m sure that I have left a few things out.
This list is just a starting point.
Begin where you can. Do a little better each week.
Realize that by taking small actions toward this type of shopping, you will be a pro in a year from now!
I believe my life is more simplistic when I stick to this basic outline & that I actually SAVE money.
(Those processed items, and fast food trips add up! 🙂