How to Eat Well But Spend Less (3 Money Saving Tips)

Did you know that you actually don’t have to shop at Whole Foods to eat well?

I know, shocker, right?

Especially since the first thing that usually comes out of someone’s mouth when you tell them you don’t eat processed foods is “Oh, you like to eat organic foods and shop at Whole Foods, huh? I tried shopping there once but organic food is too expensive.”

The reality is that Whole Foods quickly becomes Whole Paycheck and that doesn’t do good for the moral or the bank account — especially if you are struggling with your finances already.

The other reality is that it is 100% possible to eat well but spend less than your whole paycheck on food. I can’t promise it is easy, and it definitely takes a little extra thought and work on your end…

…but chances are because you’re reading this, you’re willing to make the change so you and your family can eat better.

Nothing worth having comes easy, right?

Eh, well, that’s kinda right. Hear me out.

By having the right tools and techniques in your back pocket to save you money, eating well but spending less can be a little easier so you don’t always feel defeated. It’s already hard (and sometimes defeating) enough that you’re swimming against the stream because you don’t want to feed your family junk. So to add the stress and frustration of not knowing how to afford it, sucks.

Am I right? Amen!

So what exactly are these tools, tips, and techniques on how to eat well but spend less?

You’ll be surprised that they are nothing fancy but are extremely powerful when put into practice. It truly amazes me how the most simplest things are the most effective and that’s what these money saving tips are: effective and simple.

I want to disclaim that these tips are NOT my ideas.

Oh no, my friend. I am in the same boat as you. I struggle every day to not have our food budget take over what little extra money we have left after paying bills but I’m working on it. Since I’ve applied a few of these tips and techniques, it has been much easier to stick to my budget.

These money saving tips are from my amazing friend Tara over at We Got Real. You may know her already though. She’s famous for her monthly real food frugal meal plans that feed a family of four real food for $80 a week. Enticing, right?

I consider her an expert on frugality.

From those meal plans (and an out pour of gratitude from her readers), her eBook Eat Well, Spend Less was created and just launched yesterday! Purchase Eat Well, Spend Less here.

After you’re done reading her eBook, you’ll have examined your budget (the most important part in saving is to know what you’re spending), learned money saving tips, and applied them into your real life (with Tara’s guidance of course).

I’m really excited to have the opportunity to share my favorite 3 money saving tips (out of 15!!) from her eBook with you. So, without further ado, here they are!

Money Saving Tip #1 – Create a Master Price List

This is something that may take a little extra time to create, but I personally feel it is so worth it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to the store, saw a sale, and wondered if that was the best price I could purchase it for. Since I shop at a couple different places, creating a Master Price List is extra handy because I’ll often forget what the price difference is between the sour cream at one store versus the other.

By creating a master price list, this naturally makes you more conscious of prices and if something is really a good deal or not. It also allows you make decision on whether you really need a product at that given time or if you can wait until next week to purchase.

Money Saving Tip #2 – Keep a Stocked Pantry

If your pantry is looking quite bare, this could really be a money guzzler. When having a stocked pantry with mostly inexpensive items (basic spices, baking goods, dry goods, etc), it makes the grocery store trip less hazardous because you’re basically purchasing veggies, meat, and any other items you may be needing.

Creating a well stocked pantry is a gradual process, especially if you’re like me and don’t have a lump sum to buy everything you need. By making a list of everything you want in your pantry, it allows you to slowly purchase each item when you can. If you have your Master Price List created, you can refer back to that and see if any of the items you are needing are at their lowest prices. If so, buy double — or more if you can. Before you know it, you’re pantry will be filled with foods that can be made into multiple from scratch meals, on the fly or planned.

Money Saving Tip #3 – Think Simple

Homemade, nourishing foods do not need to be complicated. I know this is such a simple statement but I feel like it is something that often gets overlooked. It’s easy to feel like you need to make elaborate meals in order to have a home cooked meal for your family but that is SO far from the truth. Usually, the most simple of meals are the most satisfying and are generally inexpensive.

By thinking simple, you can make use of what is in your stocked pantry so you don’t have to buy extra, and often expensive, ingredients you’ll only use once.

In an effort to show you that simple foods are really what it’s all about, I have been documenting my family’s meals based on these money saving tips and will share them in a blog post on Monday. 

So, what do you think?

Are you ready to take charge of your budget and put simple, effective money saving techniques to practice so you and your family can enjoy real food on the dinner table?

Start by making a super small investment and purchasing your copy of Eat Well, Spend Less while it’s on sale (October 7-October 14) for even more savings. Then start applying those tips to your life so you can make it a habit to eat well and spend less.

It literally will be the best $9 you’ve spent in a long time… especially because it has the power to save you hundreds in the future.

What are you waiting for? Click here to buy Eat Well, Spend Less.

You can do it!

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'How to Eat Well But Spend Less (3 Money Saving Tips)' has 19 comments

  1. October 8, 2014 @ 5:45 pm Michelle B

    You look so cute in that pic, ladling out your broth! 🙂 great tips, I need to try the price list thing.


  2. October 9, 2014 @ 5:03 pm Jessica

    I am so horrible at writing things down. Wonderful ideas. (And that is a great picture of you!)


    • October 10, 2014 @ 6:34 am Loriel

      I can be horrible at writing things down too but I think it’s a really good way to keep track! Thank you!


  3. October 9, 2014 @ 5:07 pm linda spiker

    Loved this! Pinned!


  4. October 9, 2014 @ 5:36 pm Renee Kohley

    You know I love this 🙂 My favorite is keeping things simple. Bone broth soups on the menu daily in some shape or form and simple real food 🙂


    • October 10, 2014 @ 6:35 am Loriel

      I need to incorporate bone broth soups on a more regular basis in our household. Or actually, just soup of any kind!


  5. October 9, 2014 @ 5:49 pm Anni

    I’ve mastered the ‘keep it simple’. 🙂 We do a lot of simple meals around here, with just basic herbs from our garden for flavors. I’d really like to try creating a master price list! (I think my husband would appreciate it too, for when he does the shopping.


    • October 10, 2014 @ 6:35 am Loriel

      So do we Anni. Keeping it simple has really cut down our grocery bill and I’m thankful for it.


  6. October 9, 2014 @ 11:02 pm Anna @Green Talk

    Love your picture! I agree with Renee. Bone broth is amazing.

    Simple is good for the stomach and the soul.


    • October 10, 2014 @ 6:36 am Loriel

      Couldn’t agree more Anna! And thank you (about the pic)!


  7. October 10, 2014 @ 7:13 pm Amanda

    These three tips are fabulous, and ones that have worked well for me too. I keep my price list on my phone through an app, which works better for me than on paper. I bet your friends book is great and has tips I’ve never heard of.


  8. October 11, 2014 @ 5:08 pm The Provision Room

    Brilliant ideas. Definitely pinning this!


    • October 13, 2014 @ 6:17 pm Loriel

      Thank you! I hope it helps.


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