"Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without" is a favorite adage in both frugal and green circles, and it is something I strive to live by. One of the best ways to "use it up" is to think differently about our food and ways to avoid wasting it. Lloyd wrote a great post a while back about the statistics for how much food we waste in the U.S., and the numbers are, frankly, appalling.
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By Matthew Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine
My last blog "How to Grocery Shop Like a Hunter-Gatherer," generated a lot of discussion. One complaint was that eating real food is too expensive for many Americans. I present ideals when I write about food. If only everyone could eat real, whole, living food our health care problems would decline. Unfortunately tax dollars do not go to subsidizing small farmers and ranchers, but to corporations that grow the soy, corn and wheat that go into making the factory food products that are ruining our health. Although I could go on a major rant about that, it's more productive to think of ways to help financially challenged Americans find ways to improve their nutrition.
This is a guest post by Mehdi , author of StrongLifts.com . If you enjoy this post, check out his site. Eating healthy is important.
My family doesn't buy Christmas gifts and I think because of that our holidays are more festive . Instead of shopping, we sing. Instead of stressing, we play games.
Our Food for a Month series wraps up with one last week of delicious, home-cooked meals.
Given our packed lives, it's no wonder we return again and again to the simple pleasures. Take, for example, cooking at home.
During another weekend road trip to visit the family for Mother’s Day, I always make it a habit to drop in on Grandma and soak in a few hours worth of knowledge she’s accumulated over her near 75 years. Gifts were exchanged, I overindulged in home cookin’, but in the end, I sat with a piece of paper scribbling notes on what it was like for her (and other family members) to live through the Great Depression. I’m fortunate that I haven’t felt the effects of the recession, so I thought it would be interesting to get her point of view since she lived through one of the harshest periods of American history. In the end, I wasn’t exactly surprised because I’ve heard many of these frugal living rules over and over again, but it’s finally nice to get them down on paper. I hope you can learn as much from her wisdom as I have over the years. Save a dollar for every dollar you spend .
I’ve been experimenting with making lots of cleaning supplies at home, but this one is by far the craziest – and the most successful. Basically, I made a giant bucket of slime that works incredibly well as laundry detergent at a cost of about three cents a load. For comparison’s sake, a jumbo container of Tide at Amazon.com costs $28.99 for 96 loads, or a cost of $0.30 a load.
It's hard to decide which is more infuriating, $4 gasoline or $4 milk, but whichever you personally find most appalling, one thing is for certain, someday a time will come where we look back with nostalgia for the good old days of $4 milk or gas. That is to say, we can count on prices always advancing. Even when they do retreat a bit, like gas has done recently, you know it won't be for long, as it's already starting back up. That's just part of the rhythm of modern life, I suppose, but we don't have to like it, and we don't have to let ourselves be billowed by every inflationary breeze that comes wafting our way. Like most anything else, there are ways to get by cheaper and better when you buy groceries. Here are forty-nine ways to get more food and spend less cash: 1.