Saving money at the grocery store

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ian and I have been on a strict budget lately (supporting three kids in college will do that to you). One of the places that we have managed to save LOTS of money is on our groceries. We have completely changed the way that we eat and it is saving us money and calories --- and we are improving our health at the same time.

We are using beans as our main source of protein. We buy them in bulk and cook several varieties on the weekend. This past weekend, we made split pea soup, black bean chili, and baked beans. Tonight, Ian made a 3 bean salad of his own invention. Instead of using green beans and waxed beans, he used kidney beans, black beans and navy beans. He made a homemade dressing that is sweet and sour like the traditional 3 bean salad dressing. It is delicious!

We are also buying wheat berries - that is whole grain wheat in its natural state. We grind it and make our own whole wheat flour from it for baking our own bread using yeast that we buy in bulk. We also cook the wheat berries overnight in the slowcooker with cinnamon and vanilla. Ian sometimes cuts up dried apricots and adds those also. It is delicious!

We are still eating fresh fruits and vegetables, but we are sticking with what is in season. This week, that has meant oranges and grapefruit.

We are eating a very healthy, well balanced diet. We are consuming no food preservatives.

I feel great!
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  • NEELY0918
    good for you! i am still in phase I of my low carb diet but after reading your blogs i am tempted to switch. your diet is a lot cheaper and it seems to agree with you. good luck
    3297 days ago
    i try to buy fruit in season also. i watch the ads because the sales vary so much.

    I'm glad to hear you enjoy explore healthier options.
    3309 days ago
    Wow, your 3 bean salad sounds fabulous! I use lots of dried beans too - can't beat the price, and the nutrition is excellent. I have never tried to cook wheat berries, but want to.

    Glad you are eating so healthy, AND saving money!!
    3309 days ago
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