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A Look at Our Food Budget

…of their disposable income on food in the home.  In 2010, the average American family spent just 5.5% of their budget on food in the home.  It seems like other expenses, consumer goods, housing and the rising cost of health care, command most of our budgets while the budget for food is simply what’s left over at the end of the month. That said, many of you have asked me time and time again to share a our monthly food budget.  So here it is: we t…

Food Stamp Challenge: $227

The Challenge The challenge is simple, but difficult too: in October, maintain a foodstamp budget while feeding your family wholesome, nourishing and unrefined foods. Due to loss of jobs, inadequate wages and other unfortunate situations, many, many families derive the bulk of their food budget, or even their entire food budget from governmental assistance programs. Mothers often wonder just how they can feed their families well while subsisting…

Food Stamp Challenge: The End and $1.05 Over

This is the last week on the food stamp challenge.   In the end, our bellies are full, we maintained a tight budget – going over by only $1.05. And, while far from optimal, our meals were nourishing, satisfying, wholesome and healthy.   Aside from this week’s splurge on conventional gala apples priced at only $0.49 per pound, we maintained our original principles: purchasing the highest quality unrefined foods on our minimal budget….

Notes on the Food Stamp Challenge

…ised and naturally grown and that is something that is simply not available at chain grocers regardless of your budget. Providing grocery lists, meal plans and recipes illustrates that you can, indeed, eat healthy and unrefined foods on a minimal budget. While not optimal, these meals are healthy and a lot healthier than the Standard American Diet whether it’s purchased on food stamps or an ampler budget. Fresh produce, even conventionally…

Good, Better, Best: Traditional Foods for Every Budget

…. AVOID: Conventional meat from confinement operations. Tip: If purchasing the best quality meat stretches your budget too thin, don’t give up and purchase CAFO meats; instead, consider purchasing less expensive cuts and supplementing with highly nutrient-dense, but inexpensive organ meats.  Grass-fed organ meats and bones typically sell for $2 to $4 per pound, a fraction of the cost of more expensive cuts and are extremely nutrient-dense….

10 Healthy Meals Under $10

Eating well on a budget and keeping food frugal is on my mind … a lot … actually.   Looking at our bank account and realizing that payday just doesn’t come fast enough, often enough or large enough has me understandably worried.   Never mind the looming bills and the fact that every paycheck for the next several months is earmarked for one purpose or another.     So, understandably, frugal foods are at the forefront of my thou…

Budget Tips

It’s a constant theme in conversations I hear: “I can’t afford to eat organic foods.” That’s exactly what Nourished Kitchen is here to battle. Indeed, you can afford to buy organically grown fruits and vegetables as well as humanely raised animal foods. The truth is, because of their health benefits, you can’t afford not to buy them. Purchase high quality ingredients. Saving money should come from proper ki…

Reader Questions: Beef Suet, Kombucha and Budgets

…week’s questions center on the use of beef suet, culturing your own kombucha mother and developing a real food budget.  If you are reading this post by email, you will need to click through to the site to view the video.   Relevant Links How much do you spend on groceries? My family typically spends about $600 to $700 each month on food.  We adhere to a 100% organic diet and I’ll be discussing the breakdown in an upcoming post.  This doesn’…

Food Stamp Challenge: Week 2

…dy conclusion that some of you may call premature: No, it’s not possible to eat optimally on a food stamp budget. I know that this is not what you expected me to write, nor what you wanted to hear. Don’t get me wrong: we’ve managed a far cry better than even the Standard American Diet, and I still maintain that it is possible to eat healthfully on a food stamp budget, but this better than solution of dodging pesticides, settling…

Food Stamp Challenge Week #1: $68 Down

…. I had to say “no” to a lot of things as well.   Not necessarily because they didn’t fit the budget, but because they didn’t fit the goals of this challenge.   You see conventional strawberries were on sale for $5.17 for 5 lbs – an awfully good deal.   And, as much as strawberries would provide a much loved treat this week, strawberries rank among the most chemically polluted fruits available on the market.   If you…