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11 October, 2012

Guest Post: Feeding Your Family for Less

Lately I have been checking out money saving blogs. I just have too little money every month! So, I ran across this one blog that seemed unbelievable to me. The woman, Mavis, lives in the Northwest section of the United States and grows a substantial garden in her suburban backyard. She also has a chicken coop. But that is not what is unbelievable. What really gets me is that she feeds her family of four on one hundred dollars a month. In fact, that is what her site is called: www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com. How can she do that?

Frankly, I spend more than a hundred dollars a week to feed my family, and that is in the good months. With food prices as high as they are, how can she do it? Well, it turns out it is due to a combination of things. One thing she does is shop smart. She uses coupons and watches the supermarket ads. Every time she finds a sale, she looks for ways to cut the price down even further. Her blog is filled with shopping trips of only a few dollars for a cart full of food. Now, I am not a big couponer, but even I can see the benefits in doing that. 

Another thing she does is, like I said, grow her own food. Her fruits and vegetables are plentiful, even though she lives in the far north part of the United States. This only means she has to plant smarter. During the warm months she plants all the delicate fruits and vegetables, harvesting as fast as she can. However, she also has a small green house where she can grow some things year round and has found which plants will grow even during the cold and harsh winter – like kale. She preserves and freezes a lot of the food she grows, and what she cannot preserve she barters.

Bartering is an art I thought long since lost, but Mavis seems to accomplish it with some regularity. Her friends and neighbors trader her all sorts of goods, from laundry soap and sodas to buffalo meat, for her fresh veggies and free range eggs.

Speaking of eggs, the chickens provide her with a lot of yummy eggs and even better, an excuse to pick up scraps from her local farmer’s market. Mavis has worked out a deal with the local farmer’s market and grocery store where any fruit and veggie scraps are left in boxes for her to pick up. She comes home with heavy laden boxes of bruised fruits and vegetables and things the store cannot sell. With just a little effort, Mavis can use most of these for her family, giving whatever is truly inedible to the chickens. What a deal for free food!

If you are interested in what Mavis does to feed her family for so little, check out her blog. She is funny, interesting, and very smart. You won’t be disappointed.

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of Liveinnanny.com. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: - jdebra84 @ gmail.com.

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