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Save Money on Food

Sep 30, 2014 10:23PM ● By Joan Borysenko

We all have ways of saving money on food and I’m happy to share a few that have worked for my family. Here are some of my top money saving food tips:

Buy a food share from a local, organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) co-op. You’re buying a share in the farm’s crops, enabling them to survive and thrive. Our local CSA supplies vegetables, fruits, farm-made products and free range eggs. You can sometimes buy small, medium or large shares and split the cost—and the bounty—with friends and neighbors.

Stop the waste. Recycle, compost and use the food that you buy rather than letting it go bad in your refrigerator. It’s helpful to reserve part of one shelf for leftovers and foods that need to be used soon.

If you’re omnivorous, respect the life of the animal you’re eating—and save money—by using every part of it. We freeze chicken and turkey carcasses, and the bones from any meat that we eat. These become the basis for stocks and soups.

Shop twice a week, buying what’s required for your weekly meal plan, and search the fridge for what you’ve got before you shop for more food. That way you eat fresh food and avoid waste.

Limit restaurant meals. The food is often laced with bad oils, GMOs, pesticides, sugar and refined carbs. Furthermore, it’s expensive. Save both your health and your wallet by cooking at home.

If you’re omnivorous use inexpensive cuts of meat in delicious soups and stews that last for several days. The cheaper cuts of beef like flank, chuck and blade are actually the most flavorful. A $25 piece of meat sounds very expensive, but the pot of stew it makes provides 12 to 14 generous servings filled with vegetables and meat. Think about it. The per portion cost is much cheaper than most fast food meals.

Joan Borysenko, PhD, is the author of The PlantPlus Diet Solution. Borysenko and other inspirational authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Kris Carr, Nick Ortner and Congressman Tim Ryan, will be featured speakers at Hay House’s “I Can Do It!” event being held October 24-26 in Pasadena. For more information, visit or call 800-654-5126.

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