I have been eating the THM way off and on for about 3 years. There are times when I have been very strict and times when I have slacked. Right now, as a family of 8, my husband and I eat THM most of the time, and the kids join us sometimes. If our whole family ate the THM way 100% of the time, I would spend more money on groceries than I care to.
But then again, maybe not.
To keep our budget down, I have adapted this lifestyle so it works for us.
Here are 9 ways I save money on my grocery bill. I hope they are helpful for you.
1. Make Almond Milk
This really is very simple. I take a handful of raw almonds and soak them in a bowl of water overnight. The next morning I rinse them a couple times with clean water and then put half of them into my blender. I fill the blender with water, put the lid on and turn it on. I let it blend for 3-5 minutes. Then strain the liquid into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer. Repeat with the rest of the almonds.
2. Make Bread
Right now, I buy cheap wheat bread for the kids to eat. I would love to use only homemade bread for everyone, but I just haven’t gotten there yet. The recipe I use to make homemade bread is http://gwens-nest.com/easy-bread-recipe/. It is so simple and yummy. I have just recently started making a double batch, slicing and freezing it. I am anxious to see how it turns out once it is thawed.
3. Make Greek Yogurt
At this point in time, I do not make my own yogurt. I have in the past and I will in the future if I need to. I don’t eat enough yogurt to make it worth my time, even though it is very simple. If you are interested in doing this though, you can google it and come up with a billion different recipes. You can make yogurt on the stove top or in the crock pot. I have done both and they both work well.
4. Make Coffee Creamer
I love coffee. And I love it with good creamer. In an attempt to break my addiction to sugary, store bought creamer, I am making my own. I have tried one recipe so far, and I tired of it quickly. I will be trying another soon, and will let you know how it turns out. Until then, I have just been putting some heavy cream or half and half in my coffee with a little Truvia to sweeten it.
5. Plant a Garden
6. Preserve Your Garden
At the end of the summer last year, I spent about 3 weeks canning and freezing veggies and fruit. From our garden I canned beets, pickles, squash and cabbage. I also froze a lot of squash and brussel sprouts.
7. Buy in Bulk or from the Farmer’s Market
I shop a lot at Sam’s Club. I get flour, beans and rice, cheese and many other things there for a good price. The membership fee is worth it for me. We also shop at farmer’s markets during the summer and fall. By doing this, I was able to can green beans, carrots, tomatoes, peaches, salsa and spaghetti sauce. We tried to grow green beans, with no luck. But since it is something we eat often, we bought some so we can enjoy them all winter.
8. Simple Dinner Menu
This one might take a little time. Find 7-14 recipes that your family likes and are THM approved. Put them on rotation on your menu. Every Monday we have beans and rice. Tuesday we have tacos, Friday we have pizza and Saturday we have breakfast. On Wednesday and Thursday I choose a couple different meals for variety. Doing this has saved my sanity and grocery budget because I know exactly what to make and I only need to shop once for all the ingredients I need. I use this same idea for breakfasts and lunches, and make a list of snacks to choose from during the month.
9. Cook Dry Beans
You can read more about how I do this here.
So, those are my first 9 ways that I save money on our grocery budget. There are more so keep a look out for my next post of 8 more!