If you’ve got hungry mouths to feed, then you know how much money it can cost every time you take a trip to the grocery store or restaurant. But did you know you can shave nearly half of your food bill off each week by going green? It’s true! Best of, you’ll not only be saving money, you’ll be helping the planet and your families health in the process.
Starting a Garden
Even if you’ve never grown a single plant before, you can easily start a garden. But what about city dwellers? Even if you live in the city, you can still grow a garden. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small space. A simple ten by ten foot square garden can easily grow more than $500 worth of organic fruits and vegetables in one season!
Of course, smaller gardens like a kitchen planter garden wont save you tons of money, but you can easily save a few dollars each week on tomatoes, onions and herbs that easily grow in planters with a little sunlight and water. With the advent of the Topsy Turvy tomato planter, just about any climbing vegetable can be grown from a patio or window ledge.
Eggs and Meat
Chickens can be kept on just about any small piece of property easily. Many urban areas allow for a chicken or two to be kept in an outdoor cage. You can easily build a portable chicken coop with my article for free range chickens, without the free range. Expenses range from $1 a pound for meat to dimes and nickels per dozen eggs. Best of all, free range poultry is lower in fat and cholesterol than store bought brands.
While owning other farm animals for meat and airy products might be impossible for some, if you have an acre of land, you can easily keep chickens, goats, cows, pigs or ducks. Prices for poultry, dairy and meat all exceed the costs of production that these cheap and delicious friends of the family farm can produce.
All in all, cooking at home, taking your own lunch to work and eating locally grown food can significantly reduce your food bill. Even if you’re not down on the farm, a few fresh herbs from the kitchen window might just make you healthy and save you a few dollars in the process.