Thrifty Food Plan: Shopping Results Week 2

$172 per week, two weeks, family of 5, real food.

That is the current experience as part of the series Someone Else’s Shoes. We’re starting completely from scratch following the monetary guidelines put out by the USDA for the Cost of Food at Home Thrifty Food Plan. The USDA attaches a weekly dollar amount to [...]

Thrifty Food Plan Week 1: Four Days Down, Three to go

How many things in your cupboard do you take for granted? If you want to make tacos do you have all of the seasonings to add? Chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, etc?

I know that I really rely on my variety of spices to make tasty meals. I like having an assortment of different [...]

Why I Don’t Follow the USDA Cost of Food at Home Plans

Did you know that the USDA has a list of how much money we should be spending on food?

It is actually a tiered list. The USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food states “The Thrifty, Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost and Liberal Food Plans each represent a nutritious diet at a different cost. The Thrifty Food Plan [...]

8 Ways to Increase Your Food Storage- Real Food Style

My ‘Dream’ Pantry

Have you been working to increase your food storage but have stalled due to budget, lack of inspiration or just not sure what to do next?

Last year I did a post about Real Food and Food Storage. Having a well stocked pantry is something that is still important to us [...]

Re-Visiting the Food Budget

> When I first began this blog, one thing that I did was share our monthly food budget and the results of achieving (or not) that budget. Toward the end of 2010 I stopped that sharing for reasons I can’t even remember.

Even though I haven’t been sharing our budget, we still have one and [...]

Wise Traditions Beginner Video Series

>I was very excited to receive information earlier this week about the Wise Traditions Beginner Video Series. This is a 12 part series covering all aspects of traditional food preparation.

Sara Pope, The Healthy Home Economist and Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter leader is the presenter in this series of videos. The video below is [...]


A couple of weeks ago one of my friends gave me a lesson in pressure canning. A different friend taught me how to water bath can a couple of years ago but pressure canning is totally new to me. My pressure canning lesson was on meat. Using this post with instructions we canned 7 [...]

GAPS and Our Food Budget

> Something that has been on my mind as we do the GAPS Introduction diet is our food budget. When we began our real/whole/traditional foods journey we made slow and deliberate changes which really helped us to keep our food spending very close to what it had been when we were eating a Standard American [...]

Food Prices and Menu Plan

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been sharing my rotating menu each week. The other day, I was listening to a video and was reminded just why I put together this menu plan. Why we have Stretchy Beans three nights a week on the plan. Why the bulk of our meals are based on [...]

Pinto Beans: Menu Week of February 20

We are having a snow day. It started snowing last night and continues. We might get up to 8 inches. And the wind is blowing a little bit. Earlier the weather said that with the wind blowing and the low temp that it feels like it is 19 below. Joe took care of the [...]

Cheap Eating circa 1878

I found these books available online recently. They were all written in the late 1870′s by Juliet Corson. I’ve enjoyed them. Many of the food suggestions and ideas are still appropriate.

The first book is Practical American Cookery and Household Management. It is available in a PDF version also but I could not get it [...]

September Food Spending- Take 2

My food budget for September is $490 (my budget for September actually runs from August 23 to September 22 to coincide with my husband’s once monthly pay). I’m dividing that budget between our cow share ($54), beef CSA ($50), Azure Standard ($135.23), Dining out ($50) and Grocery Store ($200.77). In my last spending report I [...]

Budgeting Tips and Tricks

If you have read here much you may have noticed that most of my posts over the summer have been our menus and our monthly budget (I do hope to someday go back to posting other things too, it has just been soooo busy this summer that my posting has been sporadic at best). I [...]

September Food Spending- Take 1

My budget for the month of September is $490 divided between Cow share ($54), Beef CSA ($50), Azure Standard ($135.23), Dining Out ($50) and Grocery Store ($200.77). I say the budget is for the month of September but it actually coincides with my husband’s once monthly pay day so starts on August 23 and ends [...]

August Budget Wrap-Up and September Budget Plan

If you’ve been following along, my food budget for August was $550 (our budget coincides with my husband’s once a month pay day and runs from the 23rd to the 22nd of each month). That budget plan went kaboom. My last post I was over by $17.74 but we spent a little more after that [...]

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