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Jan 09 2017 -
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Do you know how much you will eventually pay for a mortgage over a 30 year span of time? With the average interest rate you can get today on an in bank loan and on a thirty year commitment you will eventually pay almost double! I don’t know about you but I for one do not want to have to pay double for my home and, even it means living a little less comfortably, having an old car, or not being able to take a vacation, I will be happy to do that! Our grocery budget every month is only $150 compared to the average grocery bill for a two person household of $500 per month in the United States. All out Savings: $4,200 PER YEAR! (The following tips for saving money on groceries is all based on where I live so your own prices in your grocery store may be very different then mine. Go and look! Do your research!)

Want more money saving tips? Click here to see how we save over $10,000 a year on top of our grocery savings!

Joe and I practice serious conservation, we only keep what we will eat and we never ever waste life. We support all of the lakes we fish on and feed the deer year around.

The first major savings when it comes to our grocery bill is that Joe and I hunt and fish enough for at least three meals per week all year. We grind our venison into “burger” and we cut it into roasts, steaks and stew meat. We also get a wild turkey tag whenever we can. Joe is always out fishing and we eat just about anything that’s in season that we can catch: bass, walleye, trout, crappie, blue gill, sun fish etc. So, before I even step foot in the grocery store our grocery bill is already cut down by over half of the average household’s because we don’t buy beef or fish. (Joe and I practice serious conservation, we only keep what we will eat and we never ever waste life. We support all of the lakes we fish on and feed the deer year around.)

These days you can save a ton of money by just never buying beef,

Let’s talk about meat prices. Beef right now is around $4-$5 per pound, pork is around $2-3 per pound, chicken is around $2 per pound and turkey is sometimes literally less then $1 a pound. I remember when I was a kid how Hamburger Helper seemed to be the inexpensive go-to meal, buy a box and a pound of ground beef and you were set. But these days you can save a ton of money by just NEVER buying beef. Joe and I get enough in venison meat to feed us all year but we wouldn’t be buying beef regardless and that’s for moral reasons, cost reasons, health reasons and just personal preference. We just don’t believe commercial beef is safe and morally I don’t want to support the industry. (I feel the same about all of the commercial meat industries in the United States actually and really hope to replace buying all of it with local or our own home raised someday too.)

I rarely buy chicken pieces, instead I buy the whole bird (around $5 per bird) and break it down myself.

I rarely buy chicken pieces, instead I buy the whole bird (around $5 per bird) and break it down myself. I’ll usually buy two birds at a time then I’ll freeze four thighs in one package, all eight of the wings and drummies in another package and then two breasts in one package and two more in another. Each of the carcasses I boil and make one batch of chicken noodle soup a piece. It ends up being six meals of protein for $10 and that’s a very conservative estimate – Joe and I always eat our leftovers and one batch of chicken noodle soup generally feeds us for three meals. With turkey it is even cheaper but tackling a whole turkey is usually something I only do a few times a year and I’ll wait until they are marked WAY down around Christmas and Thanksgiving etc. When I break down a turkey I usually do it a little different then a chicken – I’ll cut it so the wing stays attached to each breast and the leg stays attached to each thigh and then freeze each section separately: Four meals per turkey not counting then boiling the carcass for turkey stock or soup. (You will never need to buy stock again!)

frozen vegetables are generally cheaper then canned and I believe them to be better for us anyway.

We’ve totally given up on canned vegetables. (I honestly believe that anything commercially canned has added sugars and salts and all sorts of other crap that I don’t want us to be eating anyway.) The cheapest way to avoid buying canned anything is to buy produce in bulk when it is at its peak (and thus at its cheapest) and then freeze it (or can it) yourself. However, if you can’t manage to get that done, frozen vegetables are generally cheaper then canned and I believe them to be better for us anyway. We’re fortunate to live out in the country and have a lot of farmers, neighbors and friends who put in big gardens every year. This year alone we were literally given months worth of veggies for free! I just had to break them down and freeze them. Of course, I plan on one day growing all of our own produce – big dreams but one step at a time!

Compare the dried bean prices to the canned and you'll never go back.

Starches (potatoes, beats, rices, beans, pasta etc) are really the cheapest you can go when it comes to saving money and filling bellies. We love sweet potatoes, squashes, beats and yams but they are actually a bit of a splurge compared to plain old potatoes. I buy jasmine rice in bulk, it’s usually cheaper then potatoes and we get a bunch of wild rice as a gift every year from family that harvests it (or on trade) and I also make pasta at least once a week as well, it’s cheap, easy and filling. Pasta sauce is easy to make and cheaper then buying it! Compare the dried bean prices to the canned and you’ll never go back. Dried beans take a little longer, soak them in water and a tablespoon of vinegar over night in the refrigerator then they’ll cook up in around twenty minutes and the vinegar helps with the beans noted side effects 😉 Or, you can just throw them in a crock pot and they’ll be ready when you get home at the end of the day!

Look at the ingredients before you choose what to spend your money on, a lot of times you're just paying for prettier packaging.

Beware paying for marketing, brands and pretty packaging. I found myself avoiding the cheaper looking off brands that gave me the impression that what they were selling was probably 20% plastic, 20% artificial coloring and 60% fake sugar. That line of thinking couldn’t be farther from the truth. This is what I’ve found: if we can’t afford to buy truly organic, farm raised (etc etc) then it doesn’t matter what brand it is or how much it costs it likely is the EXACT same thing as the cheaper not as pretty off brand that’s hiding at the bottom of the shelf. Look at the ingredients before you choose what to spend your money on, a lot of times you’re just paying for prettier packaging. I just found the most gorgeous Amish Wisconsin butter that is $2 less then the other stuff, its in a big roll of wax paper, not individually wrapped etc.

Its so easy to check prices when you shop nowadays that I do it with everything we purchase now.

So, the other day, I was standing in my local grocery store staring at the price of a jar of organic coconut oil knowing full well that I couldn’t afford to buy it but I was out of lotion (My homemade body butter). I pulled out my phone and promptly purchased the same jar of organic coconut oil for ¼ of the price on Amazon and left my local grocery without buying anything. I hated doing that – I want to be able to support all of my local shops etc especially when it comes to their organic offerings but I literally just could not afford it. Its so easy to check prices when you shop nowadays that I do it with everything we purchase now. In my post about How we save over $10,000 a year I mentioned how we have an Amazon Prime membership and use it instead of paying for Satellite tv. Amazon Prime costs us $100 per year and gives us free two day shipping but the shipping is really just a perk. Not paying for Satellite tv already paid for Amazon Prime many times over for us but there is something else in the grocery department that makes Amazon Prime invaluable to us. BULK SPICES! For example, right now, you can buy a 16oz bag of dried organic basil for $12 or you can buy the shaker with 2.5oz in it for $8 – not much to think about really. I just resuse my shakers and replace them with glass jars as they break and wear out.

So, one day I spent a very ridiculous amount of time at both of our local grocery stores and walmart comparing the Amazon pantry products' pricing to those in town and, almost every single time, Amazon Pantry BEAT them in prices or, at least, Amazon Pantry was always comparable.

Also, as often as I can, whenever I make a purchase on Amazon I choose the “no rush” shipping option and sometimes it drops in a $5.99 credit toward our next Prime Pantry purchase. Prime Pantry is relatively new and, so far, I absolutely love it. With Amazon Prime Pantry you get one really big box with a flat rate of $5.99 shipping with whatever it is off of the Amazon Prime Pantry that you can fit in there. This means I usually do a prime pantry purchase once every two-three months and purchase at least the following: All of our toilet paper, paper towels, kitchen garbage bags, rice, beans, pasta, granola bars, razors, shampoos, conditioners, soap and batteries and really anything that isn’t fresh produce that we need for the next two-three months. Now with the $5.99 credit the prime pantry box was already getting sent to us for free so it wasn’t costing us anything more as long as the prices were comparable to our local prices in town. So, one day I spent a very ridiculous amount of time at both of our local grocery stores and walmart comparing the Amazon pantry products’ pricing to those in town and, almost every single time, Amazon Pantry BEAT them in prices or, at least, Amazon Pantry was always comparable.

Garbage bags are expensive along with everything else that we buy just to throw away.

Garbage bags are expensive along with everything else that we buy just to throw away. We don’t have a compost pile (yet!) but I don’t throw away most food scraps in our kitchen garbage can instead I throw it all in the trees beside our house. The wild critters get a meal, its good fertilizer for the ground, it doesn’t stink up our kitchen and it reduces our trips to the dump! We burn any products that are safe to burn: paper towels, napkins, newspapers etc. We have one large garbage can in our kitchen and smaller garbage cans scattered throughout the house but I only buy garbage bags for the can in the kitchen. All of the other cans in the house get plastic grocery bags instead and they’re kind of awesome for the job too because they have handles! So, whenever I go to the store and forget my cloth bags and end up bringing home a pile of plastic grocery bags we have a great use for them!

Beware buying items just because you run out. It is so easy to check your pantry and your refrigerator once a week, make a list and get yourself into the habit of always buying something before it runs out. This habit can become really dangerous.

Beware buying items just because you run out. It is so easy to check your pantry and your refrigerator once a week, make a list and get yourself into the habit of always buying something before it runs out. This habit can become really dangerous. There is SO little that we actually need in our homes to sustain us so, unless it is an absolute staple in your home, LET YOURSELF RUN OUT. Live without it for awhile and I bet you’ll be really surprised how you never needed it to begin with. Joe and I don’t keep snack food in our home besides pop corn and then we pop that ourselves (we have a great air popper you can check out by clicking here) and we do not buy soda either, we make that as well (we have a soda stream and carbonate any liquids we want and you can check that out by clicking here). Snack foods do not sustain a person at all: they are very expensive empty calories and, quite frankly, they can ruin your dinner! A great example of a staple in most homes that we no longer keep around is milk. I started using water in my recipes instead and boom, turned out I didn’t need milk in the house at all. This is also something I’m working on with butter and boom I cut my butter usage in half and haven’t even been able to tell I’m hardly using it in our dinners at all; what a savings and what a waste all the butter I was using before was!

the idea of spending money just so a room can smell like a fake flower for half an hour seems really silly to me.

I make our laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, hand soap and my own lotion (I call it body butter) and have not purchased any of those items in their commercial form since we moved in in August 2015. We also don’t buy or use any commercial cleaning products or fabric softener. (Yes, we literally buy vinegar by the gallon.) We also never buy anything to make our house smell better, honestly so many of those sprays just add toxins to the air and the idea of spending money just so a room can smell like a fake flower for half an hour seems really silly to me.

All in that savings totals over $4,200 A YEAR! Head on over and check out How we save over $10,000 a year on top of our grocery savings!

How I save over 4,000 a year on groceries, buying dried beans, using amazon prime pantry, eating pasta and never buying beef. Hunting and fishing all year.

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44 Comments

  1. Jenny Young
    January 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I love seeing people younger than me choose to live on what they earn & work hard to get/stay out of debt! It gives me hope for the future.

    My husband & I paid off our mortgage by the time I was 32 & he was 36 living somewhat like you are. We are/were not ever as handy or self-sufficient as you are though. Now we live in the empty nest & spend more on groceries than we ever have. We have skimped for almost 30 yrs to be able to live the way we do now. We don’t spend anywhere near what the average family spends still.

    In October we made another financial goal we’d been working on all these years…paying cash for a car. It’s the 3rd used car we’ve bought as a couple (in 1991, 2004 & 2015). My husband still drives the car we bought in 1991. We also have our son’s 1998 car that he drives some…he’s trying to decide which to keep. Our son married & they bought a car together. He gave his car to us thinking his dad would want it – I have a couple of generous men in my family.

    I don’t know that we ever would have worked as hard as you guys have though!

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Jenny, you are exactly where I want us to be here in a few years! I’m so hoping to get that darn mortgage paid off as soon as we can so we can start saving toward a green option for our electricity. My dream is to be off the grid with either solar or wind power, I get SO tired of paying bills that I know won’t end! At least when we pay for solar we know we have an end in sight.
      I literally dream about being able to pay cash for a car someday! My old car is a 2002 Corolla with 235,000 miles on it and it is really starting to show the signs of wear and tear. It was my first car though and I’m so frugal that as long as she runs I just don’t care about anything else! On top of that I paid her off years ago and can’t imagine going back to a car payment. So, that’s my goal for 2017, I’m saving up a little at a time to pay for my next new (used) car with cash!
      Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!

  2. Alexa
    January 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Lifelong vegetarian here who is so pleased and excited to see your views on meat eating. I have the greatest respect for people who raise their own animals for food or hunt and fish for their food. If you’r going to eat meat, I believe those are the only ethical, sustainable options and they also happen to be the most budget friendly.

    As for the rest of your recommendations, fabulous, frugal, healthy and environmentally sustainable.

    Just an FYI about washing powder, you can make your own from baking powder. I can’t find washing powder where I live and so that’s how I source mine. Depending on the energy usage involved and the cost of baking powder, buying washing powder still might be cheaper. To make washing powder, spread baking powder in large dish and heat at 350 for an hour stirring occasionally. I make mine in winter (saving on heating costs)and/or when I’m already using the oven for roasting vegetables, baking bread, etc.

    • January 14, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Alexa, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! I’ll have to look into making our own washing powder and see if I can save a little money doing that too! I have so many issues with the commercial meat industries here in the united states, I think we’ve gotten so far away from health and wellness for both us and the animals. I saw a show once where a die hard wanted his guests to meet the pig first before he butchered it for their meal the next day and everyone was so offended and I thought, “That right there is a big part of our problem.” I’ve also run into folks online who are meat eaters (with no idea where their meat is coming from or how the animals were treated) who feel that hunting is “barbaric” and I just have to shake my head and walk away. I really do believe that if we are going to be meat eaters then we should be the ones taking the life so we have a full understanding of what is being sacrificed for us. I think if we returned to that in this country a lot of things would change for the better and there would probably be a lot more vegetarians!
      I try to give us a vegetarian meal a couple of times a week too and I can’t wait to start raising poultry.
      Thanks again for your wonderful comment!

  3. Barb
    January 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Dear Tarahlynn: Love your resourcefulness and reading of your skills to make what you need. Good for you! We need more of that in this “I want it now” society we live in. I’m trying to “homestead” as best I can without having the chickens and goats, (but would love to). Neighbors had chickens who were all killed by a raccoon and I’m not sure I could deal with that. We also have coyotes (and we aren’t in the woods) so I really hesitate to have any animals who would have to live outside in a pen or chicken coop other than our little dog who never goes outside unaccompanied. So I make soup, soaps, shampoo and bread, sew, shop at thrift and consignment stores and get a lot of pleasure out of making it work without spending an arm and a leg. Thanks for all the inspiration. God bless you!
    Barb

    • January 17, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Barb, you and I sound like we’re in a similar boat! I hope so much one day to be able to raise our own poultry but I’m really worried about coyotes and predators too. We have a big old barn but the roof is in such bad shape I’m afraid to keep any animals in it. Some day soon when I win the lottery (haha) I’ll fix the barn so we have a safe place for chickens and ducks! Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!

  4. Amy
    January 15, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    We buy a quarter of a cow to split with my brother and his family once a year. It’s a local farm so we know how it’s raised and we support a local farmer that way! We also hunt and fill our freezer with venison. No luck with turkeys yet although we have tons of wild ones here. I’m looking into raising chickens for eggs and meat as well. I have started gardening since I’m not working now. My goal is to grow all our veggies. We also have apple and cherry trees and I can our harvest! We plan to add more fruit and nut trees each year. We are newly empty nesters and this is a dream come true for me! Love your blog! Keep the good stuff coming!

    • January 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      I am so jealous of your apple and cherry trees! The deer here all but killed what few trees we had, can’t blame them the winters are long and harsh here. I’m thinking of planting a couple of apple trees in our dog kennel as its huge and has a privacy fence around it. Someday I also hope to be able to “Retire” from my day job so I can put in a big garden too! It is wonderful to hear from other folks who are living like we are!!! 🙂

  5. Sue
    January 15, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Tarah,
    We don’t buy beef commercially either, but buy a half or quarter of a steer from our neighbor. We know how it was raised, and how it is dispatched, and it is so much better than the junk you get from the grocery store that comes from who knows where. We also eat catfish from our own pond (springfed with sand bottom) our fish taste fresh and clean, not muddy at all. We also eat deer meat that either my husband or someone in the family kills, we know how it is handled, how it is cleaned, we know it is not thrown on the hood of the truck and paraded around and shown off to all the other guys for a day and a half before being cleaned. We do buy chicken, but I want to raise them again like we did a few years ago.

    I agree that frozen vegetables are so much better than canned, and we buy mostly frozen, I have a big chest freezer so there is lots of room to stock up. We used to have a big garden, but now we are older and fortunately there is a u-pik farm that is local and we go when they open to the public and pick whatever we want to put up. We can our tomatoes in glass jars and we put up pickles in jars, and make jelly and preserves from the pears and figs and blueberries we grow, and red plums when we have some. We freeze the peas we pick, shell them and put them in a clean 100% cotton pillow case, (do not not wash the peas first) and put in the freezer. When you are ready to cook them wash and drain them, and cook, and they will taste just like fresh picked.

    Putting things up ourselves is very satisfying, and we know where it came from and what is in it, and it tastes so much better. I bake all our cakes from scratch too, and truthfully, if I Do make a box cake I can actually Taste the unpleasant taste of the preservatives in it. We make our biscuits from scratch, we peel and boil our potatoes for mashed potatoes, we never use boxed mixes if we can avoids them, we both cook and are good cooks so we’d rather do it this way, and we have the time since we are both retired.

    I have never added up how much money we save by doing things the way we do, but I know we don’t come anywhere Close to the average $500 but we also don’t manage to make our food bill match yours ($150) though we are closer to yours than the average. I was not aware of the savings to be had using Amazon Prime for food And for TV service, but I am Going to check into that, and will let you know how much more I can cut out of our monthly expenses and it will be with thanks to YOU and your suggestions! REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THESE THINGS, Tarah!!!

    Love your blog and all the information you give out to us readers. You are a lifesaver~~~!

    • January 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Sue you are so incredibly resourceful! I love hearing about how you live – it is so much on par with how we want to live too! I so wish we lived in a warmer climate so we could have a big fish pond as well, I know my husband would absolutely love it and, if/when we get them, ducks would be in heaven. My husband’s folks are putting in a big fish pond with a wind mill for keeping the water moving in the winter so it never freezes, that is definitely something I dream about having.
      So far amazon Prime has really been working out great for us, between that and Netflix, all of our tv watching is well taken care of though we don’t watch sports or the news so being limited to just tv shows and movies has been fine for us.
      What a great tip about freezing peas, I definitely need to try that next year!
      As always Sue it is so great to hear from you!

      • Sue
        January 17, 2017 at 10:46 pm

        Hey Tarah…

        Peas are great when done like that but you can also freeze blueberries that way, just pick and put in cotton pillowcases. Don’t wash until you are ready to use them. I wish you all lived closer to us, I believe we could really put our heads together and implement money saving/self reliant/Homesteading practices and make even more rewarding lives for all of us.

        Well, we can share whatever we are able in email messages, and I just love it that someone so young is so on board with the same style of living that we are. There are a few decades between my age and yours but we still think alike and that is very encouraging to me. I have been known to wonder how in the world the young people coming into adulthood now would ever survive if anything happened to the computers and satellites that all life seems to depend on these days. Knowing you, and hoping you are not the ONLY young woman out there who is like you is very comforting to me.

        A wonderful source of information that I discovered was in the Foxfire books. Another source for me was the Countryside magazines, (not the slick decorator type magazine, but the Countryside Small Stock Journal.) If you are not already familiar with these, you might want to take a look at them, especially the Foxfire books.

        Available on Amazon among other websites…:
        …………………………………………………………………………
        The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing; Log Cabin Building; Mountain Crafts and Foods; Planting by the Signs; Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing (The Foxfire Series #1)
        by Eliot Wigginton (Editor)

        The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moonshining, and Other Affairs of Plain Living.
        …………………………………………………………………………….

        PS Let me know if you know these books or if you decide to read them if you don’t already know them. Great to hear from you!!

        • January 18, 2017 at 4:06 pm

          Hey Sue, yes it would be so cool if we did live closer together! It is just awesome to be able to share ideas and tips we figure out along the way. We are lucky to have a close U-pick blueberry farm and I learned the hard way to NEVER wash them before freezing lol We have a whole pile of them in our freezer that I just figured out the perfect use for in the form of organic oat and banana cookies (those are the only ingredients!) I added blueberries to them this last time and this time I think I’ll add just a little honey for sweetness but they’re just the perfect on the go breakfast or snack. I have my share of stomach problems and have found that two bananas a day has been helping SO much so I went looking for a cookie or bar or cup cake I could make that I could use those blueberries in too.

          I’ll have to look into those books you mentioned, they sound great!

          Good to hear from you!

          • March 16, 2017 at 8:47 pm

            That’s wonderful! Just wanted to give you a little tip– you can freeze blueberries after washing them but lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet; freeze them and then you can gather them up into a plastic bag for easy storage and easy use without having a huge clump. We have tons of wild blueberries near us and pick a few gallon size ziploc bags each year.

          • March 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

            Thank you! I will definitely need to try that this summer! I usually don’t wash them and just put them in plastic bags but once I forgot I hadn’t washed them before hand and used them right in a cobbler and they were a bit gritty… lol This is great idea, then I can wash them without them getting crushed!

  6. January 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    SO many great tips and tricks, Tarah. I admire you and your husband for your commitment to a healthy and environmentally safe life style. Thanks so much for sharing all of your ideas with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

  7. January 18, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    These are really awesome tips! We rarely used canned food too. Thanks for such an awesome post!

    • January 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks for commenting Shamira!

  8. January 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Nice! I love seeing the savings. Gives me more motivation to go hunting and use the venison like you said; for burgers, steaks, roast, etc. Making me salivate. Haha, thanks for the post.

  9. February 1, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I love this! I’m definitely going to take your advice to heart. I’m always looking to save money, but it’s really hard when you live in the city and don’t have any space to buy in bulk. I want to eventually have my own property and try to become mostly self-sufficient, so I really enjoy seeing how other people approach moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle. I bet making these kinds of changes brings you peace of mind and really connects you to your surroundings.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • February 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Angelica it is amazing once you start making things at home and just being a little more conscious how much money you can save and how much more sustainable you can be! We still have a long way to go here until we’re where I dream we could someday be but, like everything, just one step at a time 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by!

  10. February 11, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Wow, that is impressive! I buy frozen veggies all the time and we don’t buy cans either, I kinda find them yucky to be honest… We live right by the sea, so fish is great here and we can get it at really good prices at local seafood stores… It’s really inspiring what you do and how you can get so far by being frugal and making as much at home as possible! Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration this weekend!

    • February 13, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Oh Katrin I’m jealous! Living in Minnesota means were are pretty much as far from any ocean as possible so any kind of seafood here is SOOO expensive and, of course, Joe and I both love seafood and miss it so, but we do splurge from time to time for holidays and get ourselves some crab 🙂

  11. Jann Olson
    February 12, 2017 at 4:24 am

    wow, some really great ideas on how to save money! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    • February 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks for coming by Jann!

  12. March 12, 2017 at 9:33 am

    You have some really interesting ideas, some I’ve used for years, some I can’t implement because of where we live but some I’ll definitely be trying out.
    Sadly in the Uk hunting is not really an option, I think some people go out for rabbits if they know a friendly farmer but other than the north of Scotland it’s not really a thing here! Also we have to pay 5p each for plastic bags in the supermarkets. It’s actually great because now most people use reusable bags but it does mean those free bin liners are no longer an option. I just empty and reuse then a few times to minimise the impact of using them.
    I do really love your idea of thinking before purchasing, it’s such a good mentality to have for everything, not just groceries. 🙂

    • March 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you for coming by Julie!

  13. March 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    There are so many ways to save money on groceries… we do many of the same ones you do. You gave many good ideas. It can be hard when first starting, but after a while it becomes a way of life. Thanks for the post.

  14. March 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    We gave up cable tv too and have Amazon and Netflix, but if it weren’t for the children I would get rid of Netflix too. We watch a lot of stuff on YouTube. I have really enjoyed the visual bible books loaded up on there. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

    • March 27, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Its so great to hear other people are doing some of the same things we are! It is amazing how much most people spend on satellite tv!

  15. April 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing at our Instant Pot Link UP this week. Please remember to only link up Instant Pot links that you have shared on your blog. We are trying to get this party going strong. Check out the rules before linking up again. We would love for you to join us with all your great Instant Pot posts!

    • April 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Hey Charlene! Sorry about that I meant to share to your Family Joy Blog link up!

  16. April 17, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Love your frugal lifestyle. My husband was in graduate school for about 7 years working on a masters degree and then a PhD and although he graduated and now has a good teaching position, we still live frugally like we did before. We can afford little splurges now that we couldn’t afford a couple of years ago, but we don’t go crazy spending money. We have four children and financial goals so we try to be good stewards.

    We did buy a whole hog last year from the University swine farm and it has been so nice to have. I have made so many things I never made before. we also use a lot of deer meat my dad gives us. This is the best venison stew (from my blog). http://www.homeecathome.com/the-home-economist/slow-cooker-venison-stew It is so good. I make it in the slow cooker and I like it better than beef stew.

    I don’t use beans a lot, but they are so affordable I should use them more. I have two really good slow cooker bean recipes. One for Cuban black beans and one for butter bean soup.

    http://www.homeecathome.com/the-home-economist/slow-cooker-cuban-black-beans

    http://www.homeecathome.com/the-home-economist/slow-cooker-butter-bean-soup

    I make the butter bean soup more often as it is our favorite. So enjoy reading your blog. I’ll have to come back!

    • April 18, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you Faith for the recipes! They all look wonderful! Joe and I have discussed raising or purchasing a whole hog some year, we’ve been pricing it out to see how much it was save us verse how much better it would be for our health!

      Its wonderful to hear other folks maintaining a frugal lifestyle!

  17. May 8, 2017 at 11:19 am

    So smart to be on top of your budget. Great tips as always, Tarah. 🙂

  18. October 27, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Thanks for your post! You will be the feature this week on the Friday at the Fire Station link-up!

    • October 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Oh my gosh Jen thank you SO much!

  19. November 16, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Hi! I love all these tips for saving money on groceries! I’ve started composting for the second part of the garden I’m going to start wiht next year. Just covering the ground with a tarp for now to kill off the grass and putting veggie/fruit scraps under it for composting for now. 🙂

    Thanks for visiting #WonderfulWednesday blog hop!

    • November 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Cindy, that’s a great idea! I too have been contemplating starting a compost!

  20. December 7, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    There are some wonderful tips in this post, Tarah! While they won’t all work for everyone, there’s definitely something everyone can take from it with tips that will really help. Thank you so much for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

    • December 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you so much April for coming by, reading and commenting!

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