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first check the governments list or least and most pesticide ridden foods. Then buy organic for the ones that are high in pesticides namely thin skinned produce and dont buy organic for the lower ones namely thick skinned produce. Saves a ton of chemicals and dollars. Secondly look for groceries at you non conventional places too. I go to the .99cents only store. They have fresh produce at rock bottom prices. As when they get their shipments and stop in then. I Get organic salad mix in the plastic containers that retails for like $5 for $1. I get greek oikos yogurt 2/$1 exct. If it will best buy with in 2-3 weeks stores star getting rid of them and they end up at the .99 only store, And since I am going to use them this week it is no big deal for me and saves me a fortune. I get asperagus, fresh and frozen broccoli, stir fry veggies, peppers tomatoes you name it for packed in 2-4lbs packs for .99.
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Many good ideas. In winter there are some good vegetarian chili recipes which DH and I enjoy, make a big pot in crockpot, then freeze some to eat later.
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Thanks for the great ideas :)
Here in the Northwest we also have a lot of Farmers Markets mostly during the summer. But, I also grow my own veggie also. Along with Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries. I grow some in pots as it is just my DH & I so, I grow enough for us to keep us going all winter. My Aunt taught how to make jam and how to can. It helps as the extra I give as gifts at Christmas.
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Growing veggies myself saves me more money than anything else. If you don't have space for a garden I highly recommend sprouting. Lots of info online about that. All it takes is a glass jar and some seeds.
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I always check the markdowns in my grocery store's meat department. I got some crusted tilapia today that was delicious and a good price!
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Well, I just bought me a bag of sweet potatoes today. I will slice them thinly
and....using a recipe from Sparkpeople...I will put them on an accordian pleated
brown bag and microwave them for some nice cheap and healthy chips. Something
to crunch on when I want to crunch something.
They have lots of fiber and other healthy benefits.
Also Kale chips...if you like that sort of stuff...they can be done with tiny olive oil
and little sea salt and season and baked at low tempt. Crunchy...healthy...I have not
tried them yet.
I made up 3 stuffed green peppers today...halved them so six servings...used ground turkey, brown rice, onion, garlic,
diced tomatoes, and seasoning...maybe a little worchestershire sauce, cheese if you want
or not. I used squash salsa instead of tomato sauce and they were good and will feed six
or more as they were large.
A pot of vegetable soup is a very frugal meal.
Thanks for the post.
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I try to shop local and luckily we have farmer's markets pretty much all winter long and can find one withing 20 miles of home nearly any day of the week.
I don't have many ideas, so I'm hoping to expand my tips. One thing I learned, is to keep a spray bottle full of vinegar at the kitchen counter. Spraying produce, then washing under cold, running water helps to get rid of some pesticide residue. I can save by not buying all organic produce. What tips do you use to get high quality food for cheap?