How We Got Here- Part 1

When I first started blogging, at a simple family style blog, we were living in a 23 foot camp trailer in Northern California. The summer before that we had purchased two acres of bare land in Wyoming. Thinking it would take some time for our Oregon coast home to sell we put it on the […]

Basic Guidelines for Acquiring Food

One thing that has changed in our journey to real food is how we shop. In many ways we completely relearned this shopping skill. This was not something that happened overnight and in some ways it wasn’t completely an easy task.

Before we could relearn our shopping we needed to figure out how best to […]

June Real Food Bundle from Nourished Living Network

This month’s eBook Bundle from Nourished Living Network is focused on Real Food. Each month Nourished Living Network features a themed eBook bundle authored by NLN members. This is a great way to get informative eBooks at reduced prices!

June Real Food Bundle

This spectacular bundle focused on Real Food is a […]

Begin Where You Are

I’ve noticed a trend lately. There seems to be an overwhelming amount of people with opinions that their way of eating is the only ‘right’ way of eating and everything must be an ‘all or nothing’ approach.

While some people might surely need to follow a very strict style of eating and subscribe to an […]

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 […]

Menu Week of March 24

Butterscotch Rice

Now that spring is supposed to be here we seem to be having winter. We have snow on the ground and it is pretty chilly at night time. Some of the days warm up and the snow melts off and we have a lovely muddy mess. We are hopeful that the weather […]

Budgets, Rules and Going Forward


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 […]

Free eBooks

I’ve decided to take a vacation from blogging until after the New Year.

As a Thank You for your continued support of Real Food for Less Money, both of my eBooks are available at no charge and with no obligation until 9PM (Mountain) on January 4, 2013. Expired. You may […]

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 […]

Gluten and Dairy-Free eCourse Review and Giveaway

We started our real food journey in January of 2009 after reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. I’ve have mentioned several times (so much that I probably sound like a broken record) that we made changes very slowly in order to accommodate our budget and to make lasting changes.

KerryAnn of […]

What if the Family is not on Board? Plus a bit of a Rant…

I have a confession to make, I’ve been feeling a little frustrated lately. There have been several online conversations lately that have me questioning our real food journey and if it’s ‘good enough’.

You see, while we do strive for a real food diet we do not eat 100% real food. We are about […]

Money v. Time Kickoff

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. […]

Thrifty Food Plan Experience

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. […]

Can you Transition to Real Foods?

Heal Your Gut With Fermented Foods

Real Food for Less Money is a journal of sorts on how my family continues to transition from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to a real/whole/traditional foods diet (real). Our transition as been slow and steady while trying to keep our budget under control. For the first 24 […]

Thrifty Food Plan: End of Week 1 and Intro to Week 2

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

That is the current experience. 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 each person dependent on age and sex. You […]


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