I ran into one of my friends while I was outside of Whole Foods with my groceries. She knew about No Spend Month, so she was surprised to see me.
My friend asked, “How are you shopping at Whole Foods? I can’t get out of Whole Foods without spending a lot.”
She’s right, it can be expensive.
I like the store, and I think it’s fun to walk around and look at all the food. But if I had bought any of the prepared foods, I wouldn’t have been able to meet my budget. I simply bought basic ingredients.
Here are healthy, nourishing foods you can always find at a good, low price.
- No matter what store
- No matter what season
- No matter if you don’t clip coupons.
whole grain bread
popcorn (not microwaved)
To feed my family nourishing food on a tight budget, the basic foods above are the ones I go to first. I also take advantage of the season’s fresh fruits and vegetables. Once the basic needs are met, I start adding in other foods that I like to use, such as milk, olive oil, and butter, and sweeteners like honey and agave nectar. We eat meat occasionally, but I buy it on sale and freeze it. I like to add one or two favorite foods to the list as a splurge, to help keep us motivated to eat at home instead of going out. Coupons or programs such as Angel Food Ministries give even more food savings.
What other foods should be on the list?