Tightening the Budget in 2015

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2014 was an expensive year for us. Our biggest expense was building our cabin. In 2013 we bought 20 acres a few hours away with the plan to eventually build a Tiny House type structure to live in while we slowly, over time, built our permanent home. Then early in 2014 our plans changed […]

Menu Week of November 17

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Last week I mentioned that we’ve not been as diligent with our budget as we need to be. One of the places that we’ve let slide is dining out. A few years ago (around the time I started this blog) our budget was super tight and eating out was not something that fit into the […]

5 Ways to Afford Real Food on a Meager Budget

5 Ways to Afford Real Food on a Meager Budget

A question I’ve received from the beginning of this blog is how do we afford real food on a meager (small, tight, limited, paltry, minuscule, tiny, wee, etc) budget.

I’m happy to share what we’ve found to be helpful in our quest for real food but it is never my intention for anyone to […]

Budgets, Rules and Going Forward

Keeping it Real

 

Happy 2013!

 

With the new year here I thought it would be a great time to give an overview of our food philosophy and this blog. When I started this blog late in 2009 I struggled with a name for it. I had been writing about food on a family blog that […]

Introduction to Food Storage: Make a Plan

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I like making lists. I make a ‘to do’ list almost every morning of the things I need to accomplish that day. I make a menu plan nearly every week. When we have a trip or vacation coming up my planning time usually starts several months in advance (yes, I’m already planning for next summer’s […]

Taking the Pantry to the Next Level

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Last month I did a few posts on some of the methods we use for tightening our financial belt as far as food costs are concerned. We are smack in the middle of several months of belt tightening. The reason for this is we have a new debt that we are paying. And that debt […]

Shop the Pantry First– My Method for Menu Planning

For the month of October, we’re focusing on tightening our belt and reducing our food costs. The main thing my family does to help with our food budget is menu planning.

Close to 6 years ago I began meal planning. At that time we were not eating a real foods diet. In fact, the entire […]

Stocking the Real Food Pantry

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This is an exciting season for my husband. It is hunting season. One of the reasons we moved to Wyoming 3 years ago was for the hunting opportunities. My husband, with the help of our 17 year old (Kiki), makes it his goal each year to fill our chest freezer with antelope and venison. This […]

Money v. Time: The End

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Wrap Up!

Money v. Time has now concluded. This was the most recent installment of the series Someone Else’s Shoes. While this experience was slightly different than usual since for the Money part of the experience we used my family’s actual food budget and the way we really shop. Be sure to check out the […]

Money: May 7 to 13

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“The mint makes it first, it is up to you to make it last.” Evan Esar (American Humorist, 1899-1995)

Week 3 of the ‘accounting’ report for the money part of the current installment of the series Someone Else’s Shoes (boy, that is a mouthful). This part is a little bit different than usual […]

Money: April 30 to May 6

“The mint makes it first, it is up to you to make it last.” Evan Esar (American Humorist, 1899-1995)

Week 2 of the ‘accounting’ report for the money part of the current installment of the series Someone Else’s Shoes (boy, that is a mouthful). This part is a little bit different than usual […]

Money v. Time Kickoff

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This month’s experience for Someone Else’s Shoes is two-fold. The two most common conversations that come up when discussing a diet based on real/whole/traditional foods are the money involved and the time involved.

I believe that we can eat a real food diet based on whole, high quality ingredients for an average amount of money. […]

The Frugal Zealot v. the Time Zealot

When the discussion of real food comes up one of two things is almost always mentioned. Cost and time.

Many people believe that a diet based on real/whole/traditional foods is monetarily out of reach for the average person. Yes, high quality fats and proteins are more expensive than their lower quality counterparts. Yes, buying organic […]

Thrifty Food Plan Experience

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This eBook is an in-depth look at the 2 week Thrifty Food Plan Experience that my family did in March of 2012. 67 pages of thoughts, tips, and ideas plus a 2 week menu plan, over 40 recipes and links to many more.

 

This experience was based off of the USDA’s food cost guidelines. […]

Thrifty Food Plan Experience: The End

$172 per week, two weeks, family of 5, real food.

That is the current experience as part of the series Someone Else’s Shoes. We’re starting completely from scratch following the monetary guidelines put out by the USDA for the Cost of Food at Home Thrifty Food Plan. The USDA attaches a weekly dollar amount to […]

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