Eat Well Spend Less Round Up – Week 1

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I so loved reading all of your comments on the Eat Well, Spend Less post about DIY Homemade Pantry Basics. If you have a question or something you’d like to see addressed later on, please leave me a message in the comments section. I’d also love to hear about what helps your family Eat Well while Spending Less. We can all learn so much from each other.

eat well spend less to save money on groceries

I’m so proud to be part of such an amazing group of women and I wanted to take a quick moment to share with you what they’ve written about this week. Already this has been such a valuable topic to discuss and I can’t wait to see what each of them has in store for the coming weeks. Here are a few highlights, plus links to their posts.


I learned the hard way that stocking up on whatever was free or cheap was not the best way to nourish my family.

Alyssa from Kingdom First Mom :: Using Coupons on Healthier Foods

If you think about it, many basic ingredients and foods that we consume daily or weekly can be made from scratch for much less than it costs to buy prepared.

Aimee from Simple Bites :: Homemade Substitutes for Grocery Staples

banana oat pancakes

Recipe: Banana Oat Pancakes

Go to the grocery store…write down the prices of everything…get a general idea of what you normally pay for groceries.

Carrie from Denver Bargains :: Simple Steps To Get Started Using Coupons

[T]he reason for our high food expenses were mainly because I cooked what I wanted when I wanted, regardless of season or sale.

Jessica from LifeasMOM ::  Avoid Expensive Ingredients to Eat Well & Spend Less

chicken lettuce wrap recipe

Recipe: Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You can stumble across some real gems in local butcher shops, sometimes finding sources of grassfed, organic, or almost-organic meats without traveling outside the city limits.

Katie from Kitchen Stewardship :: Eat Well, Spend Less: When to Splurge, Settle, and Skip

Walmart — and other superstores — are designed to encourage shoppers to spend more money. I avoid the “Walmart effect” by only walking the grocery aisles.

Mandi from Life Your Way :: Eat Well, Spend Less: Budget for Lots of Fresh Produce

turkey baguette sandwich

Recipe: Turkey and Artichoke Baguette Sandwich

In addition to planning to use the same foods in multiple meals, we also plan on cooking with actual leftovers in mind. Making an extra portion isn’t going to take extra time, but it will give my husband lunch for the next day

Shaina from Food for My Family :: Eat Well, Spend Less: Menus and Meal Planning

Losing weight isn’t just about eating less food… it’s about trading in those cheap tortilla chips, frozen pizzas, and fill-me-up casseroles (the ones everyone brags about skimping on the meat to save money!) for healthier, low-calorie but filling options.

Tammy from Tammy’s Recipes :: Buying in bulk, long-term food storage, and our personal methods

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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    dawnie2u - April 07, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    I belong to a buying club called United Buying Club. It meets once a month to receive deliveries from the club. It is available in different parts of the country. Where we are located, we are also able to order organic produce to be delivered along with our United order. They offer many items in bulk; grains, flour, legumes, dried fruit, etc. and many organic and gluten-free products. You can split orders so that you do not have to order 25lbs of French lentils, unless you want to. The website is unfi.com. You can take a look around and see what they offer.


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    Jenn - April 07, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    If you keep a grocery list when you go shopping, it will keep you on track and prevent you from buying “junk” and other unecessary things. Also, avoid going grocery shopping when you are hungy as this will actually make you tempted buy things that you will regret later.


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    Suzi - April 07, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    I have been “doing” menus for decades. It helps me plan and buy in the most cost effective way. One of my favorite budget-friendly dinners is homemade soup. Cook up the chicken bones from Sunday’s Roast Chicken into a simple broth. Add cooked asparagus from Tuesday’s dinner and leftover baked potato from Monday. Saute some fresh mushrooms and add with a little chopped fresh parsley. Taste, season, and serve on Wednesday. Maybe with open-face broiled chicken salad sandwich.


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    Tracy - April 07, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    That turkey and artichoke sandwich is calling my name! Love!


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    Happy When Not Hungry - April 08, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    Love all these dishes! They look beautiful and so fresh too. Thanks for all the great tips as well!


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    Melissa - April 08, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    I am fairly new to the world of blogging, but I have to say that so far, I LOVE IT! And yes, I am “shouting” that. I just started following you and the blogs you mentioned above and am so excited to learn from all you wonderful ladies. I never would of thought of this stuff on my own. Thank you for sharing with me.


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    Cheri Witmer - April 08, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    I do a lot of “from scratch” cooking already. I just can’t stand the taste of the prepackaged stuff full of preservatives and additives…Almost every time I get it for a “quick” dinner I am sorely disappointed. It tastes so much better made from fresh ingredients, made with love :)

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    Shaina - April 11, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    I’m having so much finance with this series, Katie, and your posts have been wonderful!


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