I'm really struggling a bit, but finding ways to get TFs on a VERY tight budget. I see lots of threads in other places on couponing, using lots of pasta and white bread to extend meals, etc. Obviously, those things don't really work much for us... Here are ways that I think I am saving money, but I'd LOVE more advice (love a nice long thread on savings tips):
- Buy whole or half grass-fed animals directly from the farmer, including organs, glands, and marrow bones
- In March I scanned CL for low-cost maple syrup and bought in bulk. $40/gallon (it's $32/quart in stores/farmer's market!)
- I am trading some things I have and don't need for raw honey. When I can't trade I get it from the Farmer's Market (more in next bullet)
- I receive both WIC and FS benefits. Our Farmer's Market just began working with Double-up Food Bucks. They give you a match on your FS benefits up to $20 per visit. I buy my fruit/veggies and honey there (and a new fish vendor is coming soon!). I use my WIC to buy organic produce at the supermarket. Pretty much the rest of the WIC benefits are useless to us, but we do get some of the dry goods (Tuna, Oatmeal, Tortillas) and store them. We use the oatmeal in baths, too.
- This year I plan to buy fruits and veggies in bulk and can/freeze as much as possible. Will ferment pickles and presumably I can store them in the basement unrefrigerated, right?
- Basically buying in bulk is economical whenever we can. I have 20 lb bags of sugar from Sams for my water kefir and kombucha, 20 lb bags of Lundberg brown rice from HFS w/20% off store coupon and $5 reward certificate, etc.
- Joined a CSA this spring. $285 for the season, enough veggies for 2 (even though there are 8 of us) and a dozen eggs a week. Also get pastured eggs from local farms for $2.50/doz
- Signed up with a raw goat milk share program (dairy allergic) for a small buy-in and $6/gallon.
- Started a container garden on the patio (no back yard) for herbs. Also growing some pie pumpkins, pickle cucs, and strawberries. Also hopefully my potted dwarf fruit trees will fruit this year. Plum, peach, apple, and cherry.
That's all I've got. Flood me with ideas!