ON A BUDGET
I am proud to support our local and surrounding region of farmers, suppliers, and fresh produce markets. My goal is to create enticing and healthy recipes, on a low budget. I believe in raising children with the skills and knowledge of supporting our local produce markets it will bring unity with Australian farmers, producers and businesses, which will help them to prosper and thrive for many years to come. This also encourages a healthy lifestyle, as you know where your produce comes from and where its grown. It can also save you a penny or two!
Although we can't always get organic, and it's not always the cheapest option. It's always good to do your hunting first and foremost to reap the benefits on saving and keeping to your budget.
Where ever you are, go on a local hunt. Whether it be at the markets, smaller independent green grocers. Local community gardens, direct from farmers, or your own garden! Search and ask questions on your local Buy Swap Sells, you never know what information people will give you. It's worth a go, you are not losing anything, but hoping will gain some knowledge and give you some grease to work with on your continued hunt.
We have this local green grocer that has so much variety when it comes to their fruit and vegetables. These are fruit and vegetables that are not the pristine A grade you would see at your local Woolworths or Coles, they are the poor little guys that will become waste if no one buys them. So in tern we buy by the box load in some instances! AND THIS IS BRILLIANT! Not only great for your wallet, savings and budget! But helps fight war on waste and you're buying food that you can prep to stock and store if you do the right thing with them.
For example we bought;
- 2 boxes of strawberries, 8-10 kg for only $9 Aud!
- 1 box of peaches, 8 kg for only $3 Aud!
- 1 box of pears, 8-10 kg for only $3 Aud!
With this I made things such as sugar free rolls ups, jams, pie's, zippops (icy poles), ice-cream, coulis, gummy bears, dried fruit, granola, juice, smoothies, frozen fruit etc. There are so many possibilities what you can do with the boxes of fruit, you are only paying a fraction of the price too!! Such a WINNING bargain! Does that make you smile!? Yes, yes it does. Thinking savvy, spending savvy, healthy money splurging.. that's what I call it.
Anything that you splurge your money on that will benefit you and your family when buying in bulk is 'healthy money splurging'. Healthy money splurging is NOT seeing an awesome Kmart bargain or discount and then purchasing, it would only be Healthy Money Splurging if it's on your list of things to get and that you get for a great price.
For example, the twins birthday is shortly coming up and they wanted LEGO and a barbie caravan. I looked on Buy Swap Sell first, but no luck pieces were missing, they were pretty trashed! So I looked out at stores for weeks for sales. Target then had 30% off their LEGO and barbie's so that's when I went in and bought their presents. The sale only lasted a week or so. I saved so much money by waiting for sales and thinking ahead of their birthday. I always start looking at least 4-6 months prior to the kids birthday's so I can keep an eye out for sale's, find on buy swap sell etc.
The Healthy Money Splurger.