Guest Post: How to Afford Real Food on a Budget

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This is a guest post by Crystal Paine – a wife, mom of three, founder of MoneySavingMom.com, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. Sign up for her free Guide to Freezer Cooking and get recipes, tips, tricks, and ideas for saving money on real foods by using your freezer.



Real Food on a Budget on 100 Days of #RealFood

So many people have a misguided idea that the only way to eat healthfully is to spend exorbitant amounts of money. If you live in a remote part of the country, this may be the case, but in most areas you can feed your family natural, unprocessed foods without spending hundreds of dollars each week to do so.

Sure, you might spend a little bit more than someone who is eating a diet composed mostly of processed foods, but it really doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg as some people will make you think—especially if you’re willing to get creative and think outside the box. Here are eight ways to afford real foods.

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9 Organic Meals from Costco for under $100

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This is a guest post by Erin Chase, founder of 5DollarDinners.com and author of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook series.


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Why I Buy in Bulk and Why You Should Too

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Post by our blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page!


I remember being a kid and loving to make mixed bags of candy from the bulk bins at our grocery store. Times sure have changed for me, and desires have too, but the bulk bins have a new importance in my weekly shopping.

I love buying products in bulk. In fact, I will purposely head to our local Earth Fare or Whole Foods so that I can stock up on certain items. If you aren’t shopping from bulk bins or don’t frequent them, I encourage you to do so. And below I’ve shared my reasons why.
Benefits of Buying in Bulk on 100 Days of #RealFood
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Do Moms Know Why Artificial Dyes Are Bad?

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It’s no secret that I am not a fan of artificial dyes in food. If you’ve spent any time on my site at all, you may have come across my list of 7 reasons explaining exactly why I hate them. But just in case you missed it (or could use a refresher), here is a little summary:

Artificial food dyes…

  • Are made in a lab with chemicals derived from petroleum.
  • Have been linked to long-term health problems such as cancer.
  • Require a warning label in Europe stating, “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”
  • Have been shown to cause an increase in hyperactivity in children as well as a negative impact on their ability to learn.
  • Add absolutely no value to the foods we are eating (but do in fact pose risks).
  • Trick your senses.
  • Are contributing to the obesity epidemic by attracting children (and adults) to highly processed food.

But the real question today is this: Is everyone else aware of these concerns, and do they share this same opinion? And how about naturally derived colors. Do moms know they are superior, will they seek them out, and (more importantly) will they pay more for them? Who is with me on this one?

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Produce Storage Cheat Sheet (+ Announcement!)

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Do you ever wonder how long certain fruits (or vegetables) might last sitting out on your kitchen counter? Or wonder if maybe you should refrigerate them instead? Of course it always depends on exactly how fresh the produce is when you buy it, but, to help solve some of those kitchen mysteries, I am excited to share this handy dandy produce storage guide* (just below) with you today! Please print, pass on, and enjoy. :)

Announcement: Real Food On The Road!

I also want to take a moment to share some super fun news with you. The cross-country family RV trip that my husband and I have been plotting for YEARS is finally coming to fruition—tomorrow! Neither of us has ever stepped foot in an RV before, so I really hope this dream of ours turns out to be everything we’ve ever imagined and does not at all remind us of the Griswolds. :)

We start by flying out to our old stomping grounds in Portland, Oregon (where we briefly lived after college), and then we’ll head south in a rental car to San Francisco, which is where we’ll be picking up our “home away from home” from El Monte RV. From there we plan to hit Yosemite, Big Sur, Vegas, The Grand Canyon, Utah, Yellowstone, Glacier, and (a place I’ve wanted to visit for well over a decade)…Banff! Then we’ll head on over to Seattle where we’ll return the RV and fly home. Continue Reading »

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Video: 7 “Healthy” Foods – That Really Aren’t

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Surely we all know by now that the Food Industry has only one thing top of mind – and that’s to make money. So they do a great job of making factory-made items appear that they’re good for us when in fact they’re highly processed. Here are just a few items that are touted as “healthy foods” that, when you take a look at the ingredients, you’ll see really aren’t!

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1) Store Bought Granola Bars 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

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