My first thrifty tip in order to help you save money is: Shop your local farmer's market! I only am reminded of this because yesterday I had stopped into our local farmer's market. It's been quite some time since I've been to our local farmer's market because I used to go when they had it on Tuesday also, but now it is just on Saturday mornings. I don't know about you, but our Saturday mornings are low key and a bit slow to start so I never get out of the house while the market is still going.
Yesterday was different. My husband is working every other weekend at work, until they can fill a position, so he was gone bright and early yesterday morning. You'll remember in my post yesterday that I had several errands to run and so I loaded the children up and as we drove downtown I spotted the farmer's market. We had 30 minutes left to shop until closing time so we browsed through the tables.
You forget how awesome it is to shop locally and support your fellow neighbors. I chatted with one woman about her soaps and tea blends. I mentioned to an Amish man, while buying the last of his cucumbers, that my cucumbers plants have all but died this year. He asked if they turned all brown and curled up and I told him that they indeed did. He then went on to explain that it is probably a root worm that got down into the root. My children were given cookies by one lady because they were behaving so well and everyone was just in a jolly mood. You miss this type of interaction when shopping at a big box store.
It's not just the mood that is wonderful, but the quality of the produce and the prices as well. Everything is fresh, nothing is shipped, and the majority of it is grown organically. How much greener can you get?
1 dozen ears of sweet corn
1 package of a special tea blend
1 dozen eggs
for $9 total.
When shopping at the grocery store I noted that the cucumbers were 2/$1, the sweetcorn was $3.99, and if I remember correctly the eggs are $1.29. And you can't buy special blend tea at the store. So I was able to get fresh, organic foods for cheaper than what the store charges for their old, shipped in groceries.
Next week I hope to get there early as the pickings were fairly slim so close to closing time. In order to save money and eat local and fresh...remember your farmer's market!
And for those of you who were following my $400 healthy eating budget plan in July, add the $9 above to my total and I was still able to come in below $400! I'm back to my $75 or less weekly shopping now!