In the midst of uncertain economic times, it can be tempting to cut your grocery budget by turning to cheap, processed food instead of high quality, nutrient dense "real food." However, reducing the quality of the food your family consumes can have real consequences, both now and in the future. So how can you eat real food on a tight budget?
A quick internet search for “eating well on a budget” will reveal dozens of useful tips for keeping your food budget in check. For your convenience, the US Wellness Meats staff has compiled a short list of our favorite tips for eating nutritious real food on a budget:
- Grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs in a garden or in containers; shop at a farmer’s market or join a CSA (community supported agriculture) program if growing your own isn’t an option.
- Choose locally raised, in season fruits and vegetables; frozen versions are a cost effective and nutritious substitute during winter months.
- Plan ahead – plan meals in advance and shop only once per week; prior to meal planning, inventory your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry to determine what you need to use before it expires or goes to waste.
- Shop for weekly sale items, which are announced each Sunday and run through Saturday night.
- Order primal cuts of steak and roast – you can save money by cutting a primal into portions at home.
- Order bulk packages of your favorite products, from ground beef to steak to shredded beef. Our frozen meats are packaged to withstand long term storage in your freezer, which allows you to order in bulk without products going to waste. Splitting bulk packages with friends or family can also boost your savings on high quality grass fed beef.
- New steak choices, developed as “value cuts,” including the flat iron and teres major, are equally tender and delicious alternatives to traditional cuts such as New York strip and tenderloin filet steaks.
- Sandwich steaks, minute steaks, flank steak, and petite top sirloin are all outstanding values.
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