This is probably going to sound like a snob thread, and I don't intend it to at all, but after reading the coupon thread I am sitting here wondering how to make healthier living more affordable.
I tried couponing a few times, but honestly, we don't use the things that have coupons. :shrug: We don't eat out of boxes or cans, with few exceptions like Annie's Mac and Cheese, Chex cereal (bc it's gluten free), granola, black beans, chickpeas.
The only bread we buy, and eat in moderation because we don't eat sandwiches, is Ezekiel bread. We buy lots of veggies and fruits, and no lunch meats or processed things like hotdogs or bologna.
We buy eggs.
The kids love frozen pops, but I don't like them eating the artificial colors, so I buy spendier ones that, of course, have no coupons.
I am very anti-chemicals when it comes to soaps, so I only buy Dr Bronner's for all our shampoo/bath soap/shaving gel/showering/face washing needs. (California Baby for the kids).
We don't even buy regular pancake mixes as we use coconut flour.
We don't buy fluoridated toothpaste.
And, of course, most of these things have no coupons for them. :(
Soooo.....how do people who want to live healthier do so without going broke?
I need some real advice. Do you make your own soap? Laundry detergent? Do you buy a whole cow at some point and keep it in the freezer? DH wants to hunt deer and wild hog this fall so most of our meat would be free.
Do you have a garden? Does it provide your family with all the fruits and veggies you need, or do you barely get anything out of it, post bird and bug? :)
What about meals? Yesterday I made, for dinner, a black bean soup full of diced tomatoes, onions, green peppers and corn. We ate it with a dollop of plain yogurt on top, and some yummy organic cornbread....delicious! I figured when it was all said and done, the entire meal cost us about $6, to feed 6 of us.
So if you've got cheap meal ideas, share those, too!
I refuse to go back to eating the way we used to, so I need some help brainstorming some affordable solutions.