I don’t use coupons much. It’s not because I’m not thrifty. In fact, I spend less on groceries than most people, considering that I’m Vegan and only eat GMO free. How do I do it? Well, I don’t eat many processed foods. I don’t eat meat or cheese. I don’t need to. I get more nutrients for the price without them. I also make almost everything from scratch. Plus, I know which healthy foods are really, really cheap.
Soup is really, really cheap.
A package of 2.00 beans, legumes, lentils, whatever you like is the base for your soup. Then, just add carrots, onions, celery and whatever other veggies you found on sale that week. We like sweet potatoes in ours. Add a bit of salt and pepper and you’ve got the most delicious cheap soup you’ve ever tasted. Not only that, it’s high in protein, fiber and scads of other nutrients. It lasts a couple days if you have a small family. Add some GMO free homemade corn bread and you’ve got your whole grains too.
Salad is very cheap when you garden or even when you don’t.
Sure, you can’t grow everything. But you can grow lettuce and more year round in containers indoors. You won’t find coupons for veggies very often. That’s OK. Whatever you can’t grow, you can once again supplement in seasonal fruit and veggies. They’re cheaper in their growing season. Salad dressing made with vinegar, olive oil and spices costs so little and tastes so good, you’ll never settle for the bottled kind again.
Fruit in salad? Sure. Try adding sale berries to your tossed salad. It’s delicious. Or, make a whole fruit salad using sale fruits for dessert or your main meal. Think outside the grocery box store mentality for better nutrition, cheaper.
How about those condiments?
You can use coupons on store bought condiments, certainly. Or, you can make your own for way, way cheaper. If you’re into mayo, you can make that. You can also make your own ketchup and mustard. All of them are simple, cheap and delicious. Who needs coupons? You can make things yourself and save way more.
Are you buying spaghetti sauce in a jar?
I guess you could use a coupon for that. Or, you could make your own spaghetti sauce for way cheaper than processed. It’s just tomatoes and different spices, onions, garlic, peppers and veggies after all. If you make it in big batches when prices are low, you can freeze enough to last all year. Plus, who knows? You might be like us and love your fresh, nutrient dense, homemade sauces so much, you won’t touch that crap in the jar any more.
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