Hello everyone! I am enjoying my vacation in Germany! I will share photos when I come back. I want to introduce you to Dawn from Spatulas on Parade! I am sure you have seen her on the internet, she writes a great food blog. Please give her a warm welcome. You can find Dawn at her blog Spatulas on Parade, Facebook, Twitter, and Google +. Stop by and tell her Cynthia sent you!
Hi, Dawn here from Spatulas On Parade. I want to thank Cynthia for asking me to guest post while she is out of the country.
I hope she is having a fantastic time in Germany but REALLY wish I was there.
I mostly write recipes, do a few reviews and a link party. However, wanting to keep with Cynthia’s theme of “Living Big on less” I wanted to share a more ‘frugal’ post with you.
My frame of mind is very much, waste not want not. I was taught that we use what we have, we repair what is broken and we do not buy more or new just because we want it. My mom is the coupon queen and has been since they first started with coupons. She was the saving diva when it was not in fashion. I am very thankful for her instruction as it has saved us many times.
One way we save is we plant a garden each year. Mostly because in the long run it will save us money but we both grew up in the country and love fresh vegetables. This year we spent $120 getting our garden ready. That was renting a tiller, buying seeds, plants and preparing the soil.
Our garden has yielded us:
30 + lbs of tomatoes
35 lbs squash and zucchini
4 lbs pole beans
cukes are still in the works
6 lbs of peppers
20 lbs butternut squash
2 lbs green onions
In my area, if I had had to purchase this much produce, I would have spent $305 plus tax. So, the $120 was well worth it and I would have spent more because I using an average price. My garden is organic. If I would have purchased organic produce in this quantity it would have cost at least double this amount.
Along with growing this produce, we enjoyed eating it but I also canned and froze some for this winter. As an added bonus, we normally purchase chicken feed at $12 a bag per month. During the summer we saved by not buying and feeding them a diet of vegetables out of our garden. So one bag lasted 3 months. A big savings for us.
Our $120 spent has saved us over $200.
You may not live in the country and are wondering how you can save on your grocery bill. Look for co-ops. Friends with garden space. Offer to split the cost and work with them. Join a CSA, visit your local farmers market and street vendors. Grow plants in pots on your deck, window boxes or in with your flowers.
I hope this has inspired you to find new ways to save and to grow your own food.
Wow! Dawn this is some really great information and I know that my vegetable garden will be much bigger next year. I love the thought of going outside to pick my own fresh and organic vegetables. Doing things like building a potato tower has helped my family eat healthy!