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Susan August 2, , am. I live in Texas and Natural Grocers is by far my favorite store for buying groceries I need to cook everything from scratch due to chronic health issues family members deal with. Their prices are much lower than Whole Foods. We spend a lot of time in the Boulder area with family and King Soopers has a much better selection of items I buy than our Texas Kroger stores. I guess it depends where you live and what the grocery store competition looks like. Dancedancekj March 29, , am. Thank you MMM for not only writing about buying groceries on the cheap, but also buying healthy stuff.

I have found myself to be effortlessly losing weight since adding in a lot of polyunsaturated fats from avocados, almond butter, olive oil, and even butter, half and half, and oily fish. I also have been cutting out my carbohydrates, since they only serve to make me hungrier that helps a LOT in terms of cutting consumption and my groceries. A whole fryer chicken is less expensive per unit than cleaned and individually packaged chicken breasts. If you supplement the labor and the creativity for the recipe, you can save soo much money. These are the things on sale, usually on page one, of the grocery store circulars.

All of them come out with a weekly flyer on Tuesday, for sales starting on Wed. My wife works a block from a Sunflower, a friend works a few blocks from a Sprouts. We email each other what we want, and shop on the way home… then settle up. I fill in the blanks with bike trips to King Soopers, Safeway, and Costco all within easy bike distance.. Another thing I do: I buy my beans and grains in very large bulk.


It takes a little effort, but the rewards are great:. Our situation is different but your post illustrates an important part of saving money on food-like health, it takes work. If a person is only willing to shop at one store they will likely not save money. I also split deals times each year with my mil for Costco items and nuts orders. Have you tried Maskal Teff? Debbie M March 30, , am. Randall March 29, , am.

I think giving up using the automobile is more of a challenge and foreign to most Americans then having a food garden. MMM lives in Colorado — the amount of water required to sustain a home garden makes it only price competitive against fancy pants organic foods. As a rare and precious resource on the front range water is super expensive… For people living places like MA or Jersey or OR — great recommendation — when you live in a high plains desert — not so much.

Dancedancekj March 29, , pm. Gardening traditionally in the ground, perhaps. I use subirrigated planters for my plants, and get great productivity with very little water consumption. In fact, with the exception of certain perennial plants, most of my crops do far better in these containers than in the ground, and are lower maintenance. These might be of interest to people who live in areas with water restrictions.

Money Mustache March 29, , pm. Plus the relentless sunshine makes things grow really fast! Big lawns, on the other hand, can get expensive. I live in Colorado and garden. That statement about people not gardening due to the cost of water is utter bunk. My gardening adds about 1, gallons a month drip irrigation to my usage. My garden watering costs me exactly zero dollars more than no garden and a lot less than if I was irrigating a ton of non-native Kentucky Bluegrass like most of my neighbors.

I think less people garden here because our growing season is so short and our soil sucks. Bella March 30, , am. I long ago realized that it would be better for me to patronize a local farm than to try to overcome the aforementioned short season, late snow etc challanges that come with gardening in CO. Kimmie March 29, , pm. We enjoy an abundance of spinach, swiss chard, radishes, onions, carrots, beets, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes and various squash. We have neighbors that always have LOTS of apples that they send our way because they know we will use them up.

While, we eat the majority of them, I also preserve them by making them into applesauce, which then turns into muffins, or added to lunch boxes, or I even make fruit leather for snacks out of it. Randall April 3, , am. Just to clarify, I was suggesting to MMM about an article on how a garden could fit into a Mustachian sp? How do you do it? Garden I mean? I know I can go all over the web for ideas, but I have failed at an epic level over and over again. Any ideas for easy gardening? BigRob March 29, , am.

Absolutely worst thing you could put in your body is this stuff. Agree with you on the Olive oil and fat in general. Polyunsaturated fats in the form of Industrial seed oil is the worst thing you can do for your health. Cook with the coconut oil and with clarified butter. Use the Olive oil for salads and what not.

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Last time I checked, the mainstream scientists still had the opinion that butter and other highly saturated fats were actually worse for anyone at risk of athersclerosis. Active people, on the other hand, seem to get off easy and can eat almost anything they want, although excessive refined sugar is generally regarded as pretty bad. Praxis March 29, , pm. Inflammation seems to have the strongest link to heart disease.

Sugar and omega-6 fats are inflammatory. Exercise, berries, red wine, fish, etc are anti-inflammatory. If you think of different cultures this seems to be very consistent. The Okinawa eat little fat, little sugar, and lots of fish omega-3 fats. Virtually no heart disease. The Eskimos eat an all-fat diet of meat high in omega-3 seal fat and fish. No heart disease. The Dutch eat tons of saturated fat cheese galore! India has the highest rate of heart disease in the world, but also the highest number of vegetarians in the world, and lots of poor people i.

However, canola oil is loaded with inflammatory omega-6 fats, so…it should definitely be avoided compared to olive oil. Scott March 29, , pm. Awesome article though MMM. Sri April 16, , pm. Hi guys, nice post just got to reading this now. I think one of the points being made here by MMM is how to eat tasty interesting food with the use of spices , going meatless without having to spend too much. BTW, Spices are known to be healthy. However what is not healthy is all the veg oils, including i would say canola, too much of processed foods and sugar and in India you can be vegetarian and still eat all this causing all kinds of health problems.

For the poor, they rely on whatever is cheap which means all of the above — bad oils, processed food and sugar — unfortunately! Fruits and vegetables are way beyond the poor because what is healthy always costs more in todays world. People who are middle class and upper middle class can afford of course but then they cannot resist a good samosa an Indian snack , say just like somebody in the uS cannot resist a good cheese burger.

The people who have th ebest ealth eat home cooked food keeping the oil ,sugar and processed content to a minimum. To add to this the best fats i know of are coconut oil, butter, ghee clarified butter and olive oil if eaten moderately. Clint March 30, , am. How about vegetable oil? As good or better than canola? And another question in case anyone sees this and will respond.

These food estimates are just for food, right? Does anyone have a thought on a good monthly average for all this stuff combined? Or should I just stop being lazy and start breaking it out? Kimberly V January 21, , am. I stay away from the stuff these days and stick with Olive oil, coconut oil and when I can fit it in my food budget Grass fed butter.

Angie February 20, , am. I learned to make my own butter from organic cream less than a year ago an it wound up costing less than half the price of organic butter! I also get to say what salt goes in, and get tons of free buttermilk : I plan on getting a discount on cream in the spring by buying it by the case and making enough for the year :D.

Leslie March 29, , am. And finally, I recommend going vegetarian! A lot of people seem unwilling to try it because they feel so attached to meat, but to me that seems anti-Mustachian, much like car addiction. Taylor March 29, , am. Great Post MMM! Matt March 29, , am. What if you need more than calories per day? Should you lower your per-calorie cost, or increase your cost target proportionally?

I probably average about calories per day, maybe closer to My parents once told me that when I moved back home after college, their grocery bill literally doubled. I run a lot about miles per week , which also drives up my caloric needs significantly. I just increase my costs proportionally, focusing on eating a wide variety of healthy food. Some of the best food is the cheapest.

My devoted GF recently switched up her diet to a near vegan one for health reasons. A real yummy and satisfying soup is both inexpensive and easy to prepare it came from an Italian cookbook. Saute carrots, onion and celery. Add vegetable stock or even water. Season to taste with thyme, salt and pepper and simmer to let flavors come together. With some home baked bread….. Sauce to taste and serve over a bed of brown rice pressure cooker saves a lot of time with this.

If you must have meat which I still do some times a little grilled chicken breast cut into small pieces adds a nice flavor at minimal extra expense — the meat is like a condiment. Marcia Frugal Healthy Simple March 30, , am. Stir-fries, soups, and skillet pasta are my go-to meals in the winter. Glenn March 29, , am. T-Lou March 30, , am. Thanks Glen for the reminder of this series. I watched most of her videos a few years back and enjoyed them all. She has a dandelion salad episode that is great. Turns out that dandelions are far more nutritious than any lettuce we can purchase, or grow for that matter.

Very mustachian concepts came out of the depression and this lady is a wonderful, wise grandmotherly type. James Meyer March 29, , am. In Canada the costs of everything are so much higher. Not looking forward to the grocery bills of the teenage years. I fear the teenagers. My oldest 7,girl just moved up to an adult size meal on our eat out night. My neighbors son can out eat his parents at age 9. I am already planning to have lots of cheap filler for them as teenagers rice, pasta, beans in the fridge as I would rather have them home with their friends than off somewhere doing God knows what.

An Exacting Life April 7, , am. Always allow your teens to have friends over and have lots of food for them! My kid used to invite friends after school to bake cookies and brownies. Worth it to have them socializing at home. Gerard March 29, , pm. I feel and share your pain, James. But at least in many parts of Canada we have the advantage of ethnic superstores like TNT, or at least large ethnic supermarkets. Large containers of things like flour, rice and other grains, beans, peas, and oil, cheapish seafood and meat especially pork , cheap very fresh spices and herbs, and decent often-local often-crazy-cheap produce can take you a long way toward saving your stash.

My two teenage sons were surprisingly feed-able, as long as I kept them away from cheese. The US even at average non-MMM levels spends less per-capita on food than any other country…and we have the health and environmental wastelands to show for it. They often had great deals on bulk foods and organic stuff when we lived in Boulder.

Sure, they have some Whole Foods pseudo-health-food packaged organic crap ; but if you know what to shop for, you can find great deals there too. To sum this all up; you should be advocating that people buy the best food they can afford as long as it is whole-foods not processed and cooked themselves. Find other areas to pinch the nickle; food is too important for your overall health and your kids for you to be skimping in that area. This is one of those areas where we can make a difference by voting with our dollars to make a better world. I am physically unable to buy the non organic stuff for my kids!

I feel bad and I want more organic stuff grown please! It is important to me they have berries every day, another fresh fruit, and whatever vegetables they love or I can sneak into them. Their cells need to be armed EVERY day to fight off the continual production of cancerous cells throughout their bodies! I often wonder how suddenly there is so much organic stuff-how could it all be converted so quickly? You will definitely get what you pay for and their are probably lots of loopholes and sneaky tactics.

Dan March 29, , pm. The best way to know you are getting good beef, humanely raised and slaughtered, is to find a direct-buy program from a local farmer. Erik Y March 29, , pm. I imagine actually hunting for your meat would be even cheaper. My aunt and uncle in Alaska get a lot of their meat this way. Chris March 30, , pm.

My wife and I do a subsistence caribou hunt, once a year in Alaska, it provides lean meat, mostly hamburger, to be used the rest of the year. When my friends and I caught about 40 pounds of fish in Lake Tahoe last month, then learned how to slice it up ourselves, donated some to some locals and then cooked and ate the rest of it in one night, it was the highlight of my whole trip.

Lindsey September 15, , pm. The only time hunted meat was cheap was when I lived in Barrow and you could walk less than a mile and shoot a caribou…anywhere else it is really hideously expensive if you look at the cost of your hunting trip. Heidi March 30, , am. I also use it as a facial moisturiser; adding olive oil on my super dry skin days. I also love using it in baking mixes as a butter substitute.. Geraldine March 28, , am. Sorry, but as you claim health and environmental aspects, I think you got some things wrong here:.

This does not apply for chicken or even better fish. Environment: Cattle fed on gras burb and fart even more than cattle fed on grain, now cattle stand for the most part of methan production in farming, with methan a gas which has 4 times the effect of CO2 when it comes to global warming, not so good imho. Health: Coconut oil contains high amounts of lauric acid, a saturated fat. This might not necessarily be the healthiest oil to consume, the USFDA does not recoment to use it on a regular basis.

Environment: I just say: Orangutans. Health: Lentils, beans, chickpeas, and rice are among the most nutrien dense foods you can get. Together with veggies, some yoghurt or cream or a fried egg, you can sustain forever on these staples. Environment: A colleague of mine has made a study that shows that if the entire world population would adopt an indian vegetarian diet, we would not only solve all nutritional problems, but also reduce our impact on the environment considerably or free so much acreage that we could grow sufficient amounts of energy crops to support a more sustainable energy production.

Pastorisation is simpy heating milk to destroy bacteria and homogenisation means thar the milk is treated with high pressure to reduce the size of the fat globuli. Both are purely physical treatments and do not contain any chemicals. Given the potential prevailance of bacteria in raw milk, i would not feed it to small children. For adults I agree raw milk tastes really good. Environment: See discussion on beef. One of the underlying mechanisms of this post—and many similar food-frugality tips—is trading your time for cost savings. But though I work 1. So the increase in pay is dramatically more than the increase in hours.

I do it because it means FI will actually come that much sooner, and in the long run, will be achieved that much more efficiently.

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Not that I eat out every meal or buy only convenience foods! But we try to do as best we can with shopping around sales, preparing big bulk meals, having a standard recipe cache from which to draw on, etc. Is all this just a long-winded way of saying waaaa waaaaa? Fawn March 30, , pm. I am a single mom to four kids three still at home—YEAH!

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Patrick state and more… and one who grows 6 inches per year for past two years Yeah! It helps your digestion, improves your blood sugar sensitivity, and gets your body more in tune with how the ancestors ate. Saves you time on cooking extra meals too. I have green tea or coffee w. I do the same. Coffee with a splash of half and half in the morning, decent lunch, and large dinner late at night, although I find myself eating non-stop from PM sometimes if I had a light lunch that day. I think it might depend on body type and age.

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But after 2 kids, no way. I feel best when I fast with green tea or eat a hearty leftover stew. But, the fast is an occasional day or I get really exhausted running with my kids. Emmers April 7, , pm. Joe March 29, , am. What a phenomenal article and follow-up comments! I think it is quite clear now.

Thanks for enlightening me! Bella March 29, , am. Any suggestions for an easy way to do this other than entering all the items by hand from receipts? Mark September 9, , am. Bella, our family has a similar grocery expense also including diapers and whatnot. One thing that gets us that we throw away a lot of food. A lot of stuff gets pushed into the recesses of the fridge and is no longer edible when we mine it out.

We also have a packed freezer even though I have no idea what is lurking in some of those containers. So we are working on reducing our waste by eating leftovers more consistently and using what we have. I think we eat tons of dairy, too — the young kids love to eat yogurt, cheese, and whole milk. They are quite healthy but it is expensive. Between stuff like that and diapers, I believe costs will go down somewhat over time.

Until the teenage years, of course. Dark Sector March 29, , am. People spend more money at fancy grocery stores partially because they think that the expensive wares in the earth toned, organic stamped packaging is acutually picked and processed by workers who earn more, but not necessarily enough, for their hard labor. If you look a little closer, most of the stuff is the same you find anywhere else, but some factors of 2 more expensive. Unless there is some sort of clear guarantee by either the supplier or the store about ethical farming, you are very likely just paying more money for the privilege of shopping at a chic store.

Yes, they are possible not just economically, but also agriculturally,. I think that you meant chic grocery stores, although one could possibly construe the argument that there are certain stores that advertise heavily to the female consumer :. Such another amazing post!! I love buying something coming home, measuring it out and finding out how much each serving costs. Regarding protein…eggs are wonderful for this. We actually have 5 chickens that give us plenty of eggs for cooking and eating. Boiled eggs are a wonderful addition to lunches for protein. It drives my husband crazy every time I tell him that when we are eating bean dishes.

I go through a 10 pound bag of onions, a few bunches of celery and pounds of carrots every 2 weeks because they are the base for almost every meal I make. What makes our monthly food budget work is I stock up on things when they are sale, like buying 25 lb. It also makes it where I can purchase fresh salmon to enjoy weekly. That is really why we are able to keep our grocery bill very low, is because we cook from the staples that we buy in bulk for LOW costs.

In the fall-time we have local honey farmers that I stock up on honey, and I buy large boxes of frozen berries for a very inexpensive price that we keep in the freezer to have to pull out make smoothies,or to top yogurt, OR, to make frozen fruit pops for the kids in the summer-time. You and Mrs. M, are such wonderful sources of inspiration to all of us!!

Have a wonderful day!! C March 30, , am. Kimmie I found your blog through this site and enjoy your recipes. My flatmate in London was Indian and she taught me how to cook. For years Indian was the only food I cooked. Once you get the base spices down the rest is easy and you can use most if the stuff you currently do. I eat mostly vegetarian and flirt with vegan usually over the summer, so Indian food is a really easy choice for me.

Mr Mark March 29, , pm. Canola oil: Does it contain toxins? I read an article on the Internet that said canola oil contains toxins that are harmful to humans. Is this true? Answer from Katherine Zeratsky, R. Misinformation about the safety of canola oil may stem from the fact that, years ago, oil was produced from the rapeseed plant.

Rapeseed oil contains very high levels of erucic acid, a compound that in large amounts can be toxic to humans. The canola plant was developed by natural crossbreeding from the rapeseed plant. Canola oil is produced from canola plants, not rapeseed plants. Canola plants have very low levels of erucic acid. Canola oil is generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

TLV March 29, , pm. Interesting to know the difference. Hairless Mustachian September 6, , pm. The only thing about canola oil is that it is more prone to becoming rancid than a healthy saturated fat oil like coconut. Mike D in NJ March 29, , pm. Since the metabolic pathway for omega 3 and omega 6 is identical meaning they competitively inhibit each other. Though that can get expensive. Another alternative is coconut oil, tropicaltraditions.

For baking I just melt it to liquid. It has a wonderful silky texture. I think it is the only safe oil for heating and we use it for popcorn. If I ate olive oil I would certainly never heat it! I was going to comment on the whey protein, as I have read that cancer cells have a big party when people eat casein. Much cheaper than olive oil and stays liquid in the fridge. Your olive oil should be greenish, not golden yellow, and actually smell like fresh olives. Frederick Ross March 29, , pm. I have real problems with the organic and non-GMO movements.

These are massive over simplifications. Corn, wheat, rice, beans, fruit…you name it. The problem with Monsanto and its ilk is their complete ignorance of ecology. Combine oats and brown sugar. Melt butter, stir in honey. Combine with dry ingredients and stir until oats are coated. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet with foil. Bake at F for minutes until just lighter than golden brown , stirring every minutes.

I mostly eat steel cut oatmeal when I want carbs in my breakfast, and have eggs, bacon, salad, beans, or whatever else springs to hand besides that. Combine the peanut butter and honey in a saucepan that can accomodate all the ingredients over medium heat. Fold in the oats. When they are evenly distributed, fold in the chocolate and filler. Continue folding until the chocolate is evenly distributed and has melted. Put in the refrigerator until fully cool. We buy 20lb bags of onions for a couple dollars. If they start getting a little old, we make French onion soup out of what remains.

We also roast a chicken twice a month. It provides meat for snacks, the drippings are an amazing sauce or sauce component for putting on legumes or grains, and you get a bunch of nice stock. Wash the chicken in cold water, pat it dry, and rub the inside and outside with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Take two lemons, roll them back and forth on the counter while pressing down on them with your hand to smush the inside a bit, then puncture them all over with a sharp, pointy thing. The bird breast side down in a roasting pan. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes. Then turn it over, put in a meat thermometer, and put it back in for another 30 minutes. Turn the oven up to F, and cook until the meat thermometer registers F. Take it out, and let it cool until you can carve it without burning yourself.

I did a chicken yesterday. Today the stock went into a couple quarts of French onion soup that my girlfriend is currently snitching from downstairs. Buy your cheese in bulk. Put some of the cornmeal in a bowl, and start adding dribbles of water, working it in, until you have a dough that is just slightly too wet to work by hand comfortably. Lay out a layer of saran wrap on the counter, take a piece of the dough a couple inches across, and put it on the saran wrap.

You should end up with a nice, thin round tortilla. Meanwhile heat up a frying pan I used my cast iron on medium heat. Peel off the last of the saran wrap, and let it cook for a couple minutes, basically until it starts to look like a finished tortilla on the bottom and you can easily flip it. Repeat with the next tortilla. To really turn them out, have one person flattening tortillas, and the other one juggling two pans.

Go ahead and pay the little extra for King Arthur brand flour, which provides a much more reliable product. It makes four loaves. Add 4 cups of flour. Form into a ball and knead. Cover with a warm, damp towel and let rise for 1. Remove the bread from the pot you were making it in. Put 4 cups of flour in, the bread back on top of it, then add 3Tbsp olive oil, 4tsp salt, and 1.

Cover again and put on to rise for 1. Cut the bread into 4 equal pieces. Knead each of them into a loaf, brush the outside with water, and slice the top. Preheat the oven at some point earlier, then bake the bread a total of 45 minutes, first at F, then F I do 20 min at , 25 at Your family does things quite similar to our family….

We eat steel cut oats each morning topped with raisins we buy a 25 lb. Thanks for the helpful tips you shared…. I enjoyed them greatly!! Dan March 30, , am. The green revolution of Monstanto, DOW, et. In short, something has to give; either the population contracts slowly to meet the real availability of support food, water ; or we continue to deny those limits and experience a fast-crash in population.

Certainly there are still economies of scale to growing staple crops through more intensive organic or not farming; but the more we can support local farmers growing locally viable non-staples greens, fruit, herbs as well as milk, eggs, meat, the better. And I imagine you know all the stuff I said above…so think of it more as a follow on comment.

Otherwise, I think you punched it in the face pretty well on everything else…really good recommendations all the way around. Connor March 29, , pm. We batch up 20L of veggie stock at a time. BlackBirds March 29, , pm. Great Article! Shiznik March 29, , pm. I feel the same way. Food costs can easily be overlooked because everyone needs food right?! Typically, a pot of soup like this will last me for an entire week of dinners, often sharing it with a couple of friends over the course of the week.

I also keep a few tasty cheeses that I add to mine when serving it out, in order to avoid getting completely bored with it over the course of the week a modest slice of old cheddar is one of my favourites. At this rate, it looks like this article may end up popping up in that box on the right sidebar as one of the most commented posts of all time. Organic food is an optional luxury, and I like to think of it as a form of environmental charity that I contribute a couple thousand dollars a year to by voluntarily paying more for my food.

You can choose to save and invest more of it. You can give it to other charities or environmental causes that may have a bigger impact. Assuming we all need this new organic fancy food is just scientific misunderstanding. Also, remember that we are talking about some Goddamned Healthy eating in this article by US standards, even if you buy everything straight out of a ConAgra factory.

BigRob March 29, , pm. Thank you for your insight about starting to eat healthier before tweaking all the things that can help. MMM…you always make me laugh with your comments and I always enjoy your choice of words you use!!! Peter Lyons June 1, , pm. Who cares? I want to be compared to my own potential, not average.

I personally never see such things. Unfortunately, your comments on paleo betray a lack of understanding of the diet. They usually end up being high in protein just due to the type of foods eaten, but there is absolutely no reason anyone on paleo or keto would want to add protein to their diet by using whey protein! They are both low carb, high fat diets; both ban sugars, refined carbohydrates, and grains, and encourage fat intake the realization that fat and cholesterol intake do not cause heart disease is the key here.

Keto emphasizes more fat and is even stricter about carbs bans even the incidental carbs from sugar in fruit or the low glycemic index carbs in sweet potato , and is more about weight loss. Paleo focuses more on eliminating refined carbs and grains, and allows people to eat either fat or low glycemic index carbs for energy. Neither diet calls for added protein unless you are bodybuilding. I tend to eat a lot of eggs, cheese, meat, fish, and green vegetables spinach, kale, broccoli. I shop at a local outlet store to get them cheaply. Gabrielle March 29, , pm. Praxis: Our family of 3 eats paleo and yes, grocery costs have gone up now that low cost grain fillers are no longer on the table.

Just replacing grains and potatoes with vegetables was a net increase in cost. And the price of nuts is enough to cause a Mustachean shiver! Buying whatever veg is on sale which often parallels nicely with buying local or seasonal or both and being open to a wide variety of produce has been working for me. I like slow cooker recipes to use less expensive cuts of meat, eliminate cooking oils and to prepare bulk recipes for lunches and later use.

I can afford it and it is worth it to me. Crystal August 3, , am. I did a bunch of research about meats and have been buying meats from local farmers and ranchers. I have cut down on nuts and chicken because they are higher in omega 6 and that throws me out of balance. I think the key to keeping Paleo under control budget wise is to up your fermented foods which you can make water kefir and sauerkraut very inexpensively at home and fat intake.

Yes, Paleo is more expensive, but your body and health will thank you. I went Paleo and healed. My medical bills are less this year. Thumbs up on the ethnic grocery suggestion. We have quite a few in my area, but the one I favor is a middle eastern market with the absolute best prices and selection on produce around. Staples in our house are rice mostly jasmine , beans, pasta and potatoes. We also tend to eat a lot of fruit in season.

I think our most expensive single weekly item is milk for the kids. They love the stuff and we go through about a gallon a day. Funny that you mention the popular paleo diet. That is exactly what my husband is on now. No grains or beans of any kind — so this has greatly increased our food costs.

Especially since before, he was vegan. He buys all his meat at Whole Foods which I know must be the most expensive place possible to get it, but buying factory farmed meat is totally out of the question. I will have to drag him to Costco with me to see what he can find there I generally skip the meat sections as it squicks me out. I may look into going in with a friend who has more space than we do. But also, you need to weigh out the improvement on his health and overall benefit against the money spent.

That is badassity for sure. Lindsey March 29, , pm. For example, when I was a kid, we ate the carrots one day and within a day or two, I would see the greens floating in a soup or adding bulk to a salad. When I was on my own, I branched out into using them in stir-fries, omelets, smoothies and quesadillas. And that was before I knew that carrot tops are rich in vitamin K, among other things.

If you want more information or recipes, look up the World Carrot Museum www. Some folks are allergic to carrot tops, so be sure to start easy to make sure you are not one of them. I constantly see people throwing away the bottom slices of scallions, the white part with the roots attached. Scallion bottoms can be used to grow more of them.

Next time you shop for scallions, look for a bunch where there are some healthy roots still attached to most of them. Using a sharp knife, cleanly slice off the green, leaving most of the white still attached to the roots. Harvest them whenever you want and more green shoots will keep appearing, although the plant will begin to fan out more each time. You can do this for months before the original scallions begin to show signs of fatigue, putting out fewer and thinner shoots. When that happens, pull out and cook up the entire group, refresh the dirt with a bit of compost or commercial potting soil, and plant a new crop of scallion ends.

You can do this with store bought or garden scallions, in your garden or a container. Another valuable thing people throw away are celery ends. You can boil the bejebbers out of them and used them to make soup stock, or use them like the scallion bottoms—as the hosts for new celery stems. Instead of devoting a lot of room to growing celery, you could plant fewer but have them regenerate. When you bring a celery plant in from the garden or the grocery store , cut the bottom two inches or so off.

Put that piece in a bowl that has enough water to cover the bottom inch and let it sit on the counter for a few days. Then plant it and wait for more stalks to show up—you can bury it completely, or leave a bit of the stalk showing. The stems are thinner, so more tender.

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  • Other things all too frequently tossed: Beet greens; you can eat them raw, boiled and fried. Cantaloupe seeds and pulp can be used to make a tasty drink. Jeremy March 30, , pm. Beet greens are a staple here. Beets are easy to grow in the garden, even in Colorado — they are very hardy with weather swings and watering mistakes. Pull every other out and toss it, stems and all, in a salad.

    The best part, even if the leaf is ugly or gets hit by hail, even the stems are useful. We chop the thick ones into bite size pieces and freeze them. Toss them in a chili at the same size as the onions. The have a nice texture like celery, but with a bit of sweetness. They might turn things red.

    For twenty bucks, we bought seeds for ten heirloom beet varieties. The other half of the seeds are in a cool place for this season. Chili First, make a ton of beans in your slow cooker. Next cook a little meat in a big pot. If the meat is lean, throw in some bacon fat to lubricate you do save your bacon fat, right? Add as much onion and garlic, chopped, as you can handle. This is where I also throw in things like beet stems for nutritious filler. Once that sweats, add a few tablespoons of ground chili pepper not chili powder, which has salt, etc in it and cumin to taste.

    Add tomato, straight from a can — really cheap from Costco, organic. This is where I throw in tender veg filler — beet greens, cilantro which grows like a weed and freezes fine. Lastly, stir in some of your pre-cooked beans and salt to taste. The proportions are great with a pound of beef, an onion, a can two cups of tomato, and the equivalent of a can two cups of beans.

    Stir Fry Make a bunch of Lentils so cheap, so nutritious, and our preference to rice for weight control Stir fry meat, preferably in more bacon fat. Add an equal proportion of vegetables, clamp on a lid until tender. Stir in an equal proportion of lentils. Season — soy sauce and red pepper flakes are great. Beets are an awesome addition for flavor and color. Adapted this one from the stone soup blog, a nice blog for adaptable recipes. Karawynn Pocketmint April 7, , pm. Lindsey, thank you!

    I knew many of those things but not all. George Carlson March 29, , pm. Its not a hard and fast rule but I stick to it probably about 5 to 6 days per week. Kerrie McLoughlin November 25, , pm. This is actually pretty brilliant. We are a family of 7 and if my kids would eat oatmeal every morning just for breakfast instead of some of the cereal I buy that would save a lot of money. Then maybe egg sandwiches for lunch. Meatless meals a few nights a week. Angel January 18, , pm. Kerrie — I stopped buying cereal for my family of 6.

    My partner likes his thicker so I use less milk, I like mine wetter. I strain mine to make greek yogurt and as a bonus, you can use the whey to make smoothies, soak beans, or add to bread. You can find all kinds of uses for whey online. Linzi Murray-hendry, March 29, , pm.

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    • Gabrielle March 30, , pm. But one slightly off-topic tip is to watch the other consumables you mention: soap, cleaning products, etc. S-Dot February 2, , pm. I recently stopped buying all cleaning products and switched to white vinegar and baking soda, buying them in bulk. These 2 items can literally clean everything and I save tons of money at the grocery store. Somehow all those cleaning products used to end up in my shopping cart…all those chemicals…and extra costs…for absolutely no reason. Happy to be chemical free with a lower bill at the food store :.

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      Do you use pizza sauce? Day 5- Enjoy eating leftovers. Cows and grass are pretty much all we have out here on the plains, so they are cheap. Hi Amber, Not sure of the prices.. If you make it to your 65th birthday in the U. The fastest-growing segment of the population, in fact, is between the ages of 85 and But longevity alone will not transform senior housing, an industry that experts warn is about to experience a revolution for which it is ill prepared. The truly transformative trend is about proportions.

      The Census Bureau projects that in , for the first time ever, people 65 and older will outnumber those under Americans are living longer and having fewer children, and fewer immigrants are showing up. A similar demographic shift is underway around the globe, and no one seems to have a solid plan for addressing it. Baby boomers came of age in the consumer culture of the s and are comparison shoppers who expect to have agency and choice. In addition to senior communities organized around faith, military service and civic fraternities, there are now retirement cruise ships being planned for the superwealthy and floating condos for presale that will go up and down the Mississippi.

      The Villages, outside Orlando, has 52 golf courses and a new enrichment program that offers courses ranging from scuba diving to current affairs. But existing facilities have been notoriously slow to innovate. What needs remodeling can be depressingly obvious: Cafeterias and set mealtimes are out; multiple restaurants, from fine dining to deli takeout, are in.

      But the bigger question is whether redesigning the physical environment where seniors live can redefine the way we experience aging itself. Biologically speaking, we know very little about what aging is or how it works. It is a universal experience across the animal kingdom, one that unfolds uniquely in each individual. And while we think of other life phases as having a particular purpose — childhood is about growing and learning; adulthood is about procreating and producing — we have not defined old age as clearly.

      In fact, apart from humans, only a few species of cetacean live beyond menopause. In a recent survey, the AARP found that, when it comes to growing old, people 55 and older looked most forward to having free time for family, friends and activities they enjoy; they most feared dementia and losing independence. What older people value in a place to live is much the same as it is for people in other life stages: well-maintained streets and sidewalks, safe parks.

      All of which seems to suggest a desire to stay connected to their current community — but says little about what their changing role within that community might be. When Jimmy Buffett rang the doorbell of the home on Island Breeze Avenue, he was greeted by Al Murdock, an energetic year-old with a firm handshake. In fact, Buffett, 71, bought a Bimini model two beds, 2.

      In most subdivisions, you know the names of people on both sides and maybe across the street. We know people all over the block and where they came from and the jobs they had. Lana Byer, 71, moved in in April. In other communities, she felt excluded by married couples, but that has not happened here. Later, on her way to paint wine glasses, she planned to stop by happy hour. I wondered if there was a chance that the feeling of being on a perpetual vacation would get old after a while? Byer is far from the only single woman in Margaritaville.

      Rhonda Harvey, 62, lost her husband in an accident on Interstate 4 last year. Afterward, her mother, Ethel, 85, moved in. Ethel, who is home alone during the day, feels safer with a guardhouse and nearby neighbors. But what did she hope for? What does a successful community look like? Are its features universal or situational? It occurred to me that Margaritaville, too, is ruled by a benevolent philosopher. On the surface, the state of mind Buffett advertises seems purposefully mindless: grab a drink, kick back, relax. But Al read the invitation differently. For all their paradisal appeal, islands are also isolated.

      Many researchers and designers I spoke with described a future in which seniors will want to be more integrated with other age groups, not less, and the challenge will be making senior-housing communities, which exclude younger people to create an inclusive place for older people, more porous. They are encouraging their clients to share square footage with companies like day spas, restaurants and coffee shops that appeal to a wider audience. The physical spaces could be adjusted to accommodate seniors — the lighting tweaked to reduce glare on thicker glasses, the acoustics tuned for the hard of hearing — while remaining inviting to millennials, too.

      Technology, meanwhile, is poised to shift how and where care is delivered. At some point, automated cars will let people who are no longer able to drive remain mobile longer. Nicole Werner, an industrial and systems engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is preparing to pilot a social platform that would help people caring for a relative at home to organize assistance from a network of friends and relatives without having to ask for it. The software would learn routines and assign tasks automatically. You can harness the people around you.

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      Still, it will be hard to change how we value old age without changing how we value the labor needed to support it — which, right now, is being done primarily by immigrant women and women of color for starkly low pay. Retailers, too, remain largely unprepared to tap this rapidly expanding market of older adults. The AgeLab at M. In seeking to understand the desires, not just needs, of older consumers, Latitude Margaritaville seems ahead of the curve. Five by the pool and six by the community green. But the paradox persists: No one wants to see themselves as old, because of the stigma attached to aging, so products and communities are designed to disguise or ignore the real struggles that accompany aging, thereby reinforcing the idea that those struggles are aberrant or shameful.

      The residents of Margaritaville often compared their living experience to college, to the amusement of their children. But were they pretending to be young, or refusing to conform to ageist notions about who gets to enjoy what? The challenge will most likely be keeping these activities accessible to residents who become less mobile. Seeing someone I used to play cards with needing help, that is fundamentally disturbing. As more places do it, it does get integrated into our cultural consciousness in a way. If senior housing, with its careful stagecraft, is theater, who are the playwrights and who the audience members?

      I found myself increasingly preoccupied by this question as I toured the model homes in Margaritaville: cheerful open-floor-plans with discreet accommodations for aging bodies — raised counters, walk-in showers, buttons that summon emergency aid and flash a light outside your house so E. They were brand-designed sets, down to the countertops styled with fake tequila shots and plastic cheeseburgers.

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