Healthy Eating On A Budget

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Here is the scoop on the financial food challenge I am taking on…

I will be keeping track and sharing with you my effort to feed a family of four a healthy diet on $150 per week.  Given my strong preference for organic food and a raw food diet, this is a real challenge for me. The daily head count for meals is four, my husband, my self, my 14 year old daughter and my 21 month old son.  Since Maverick is still nursing, he doesn’t account for a lot of our food bill so I will base my numbers on feeding 3 and pad the shopping list with his favorite fruits & veggies.

Since we are a highly social family, we often have friends and neighbors popping in and joining us for meals. We LOVE that aspect of our lives!  I love cooking for our Framily and we all love to cook together, so we will make this work some how some way.  We will see what our passion for entertaining does to our overall food budget, perhaps I can negotiate an entertainment budget too!

Succeed or fail, I’ll track the progress here on the blog.  Do me a favor and post any tips you have for healthy eating on a budget in the comments box below.  As a raw food chef hooked on young coconuts and fresh veggie juices, I am wondering if this is possible.  But I am committed to doing what it takes to be financially smart and I know there are people less fortunate than us who have to do this on a lot less money.  I know many of them resort to 99 cent menus and I’m not about to let that happen, so this will be my chance to prove that it is possible to eat healhty on a budget.

So let’s get started…

Here are BLANK MENU PLANS for you to use. Below the weekly menu plan you will see a place to keep track of your weekly food budget.  Tomorrow I will give you a video tour of the document to show you how easy it is to use.

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  • Rodg

    If you guys have a ranch99 anywhere close to you then you might be in luck!! They often have specials on a 9 pack of young coconuts for $7.95. The regular price is still a very reasonable $10.95. I believe Whole (foods) Paycheck wants almost $3 a piece. And I am pretty sure that they both come from Thailand no matter where you buy them.

  • Joy

    Rodg,
    Thanks for the tip! I’m in need of some organic brown rice (which isn’t raw, but it is a family favorite) and they have the best price on that too, so I’ll pick up a case if I can squeeze them into the budget! It’s my version of a 6 pack and a whole lot healthier. Thank you again!
    Joy

  • Kelli Webb

    Joy, the frozen 12 bag/box of edamame at Cosco is a great raw food way to get a lot of protein and fiber in your diet and they are only like $8 for the whole box! For a special snack I throw on a bit of sea salt, yum!

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  • Joy

    Kelli,
    Love the recommendation! Thanks. I will check that out next time I am there. How do you preapare them? I know most people boil them in salted water. I haven’t checked into raw soy bean recipes but I am a big fan of fermented soy. Share your recipes if you have ’em! THANK YOU!

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  • Amy

    I am brand new at looking into a raw vegan diet. I need a recipe book that is actually full of tasty recipes. Any ideas here Joy? I have a budget of $128 a week in food to spend on toiletries and food. Even the guinea pig gets fed through that. We are very tight. I am looking for ways to cut like making my own everything. I did laundry soap and scrub cleaner, and spray cleaner, but I am looking for recipes not from the internet for dish soap that I can make that actually cleans. I am also looking for a dish washer soap recipe that actually works. I keep buying both. I have tried several recipes, but they usually leave a film. Can anyone help me out. I want the budget to literally go to food with few toiletries involved. Maybe even give piggy to a friend. LOL! Thanks in advance to any responses you might have.

  • Joy

    Amy- good for you for prioritizing your budget to accommodate healthy eating (and green cleaning!). I too continue to purchase dish soap (both for hand wash and the dishwasher). I use 7th generation and I buy on auto ship from Amazon so I save 15% and pay no shipping. That helps. But as for a homemade version, I can’t help. ANYBODY ELSE?? Post around. Intuitively, I would try posting on Crazy Sexy Life- a great site for healthy living.

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