Real Food Tips: 12 Ways to Keep it Cheap


During this time last year our family of four was gearing up for our “100 Days of Real Food on a Budget” pledge. But once the pledge ended (in January 2011) I stopped sticking to our strict food [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 100: Victory!

family garden pic

I honestly can’t believe it. For 100 days our family of four (pictured) survived on real, fresh, whole, organic, local, non-processed food for less money than we would have if we were on food stamps. [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 97: Some Mistakes

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Our final week is coming to a close so this could very well be my last little bullet point list of all my groceries! I plan to keep blogging though…I am just not quite sure what the frequency will be [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 94: An Empty Refrigerator

chix nuggets

I can’t believe it. This is my last full week of only having $125 to spend on groceries! And just to clarify, we will absolutely still be on a budget when all of this is over. I will probably just [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 87: Almost Done!


So here we are with only 13 days left of our real food on a budget project. I haven’t stopped shopping at Earth Fare (which some people think is expensive), and I most definitely have not stopped [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 85: Scrounging for Dollars

biscuit pizzas

It was slightly embarrassing, but I had to return the only unopened grocery item I had on hand to be able to “afford” a main ingredient for our dinner on Friday. Sure, you could say it was poor [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 79: New Recipes


Long ago I had a goal to try at least one new recipe a week. I did okay with this for a while, but then I quickly fell off the wagon shortly after we cut processed food. I of course still try a lot of [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 77: Ringing in the New Year


I don’t know if I’ve been living under a rock or what, but I just sort of realized that it is tradition (for good luck) to eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's Day. I heard a friend mention it last year [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 72: Hosting the Holidays

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It’s been a little bit of a challenge to track our real food budget over the Christmas holiday…especially since we hosted this year. I tell you what, I already felt like our real food diet caused me [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 63: Call Me Scrooge


I already find it challenging to keep my children’s intake of sweets to a minimum on a regular basis, but during the month of December? It is almost downright impossible to keep things under control. [...] Keep Reading