One of the largest expenses I have is groceries. I could certainly lower my grocery spending if I stuck to cheap foods like pasta, rice or beans and bought conventionally raised meat. But that's not what I want to eat and I budget accordingly for what I do want to buy. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with buying the above-mentioned items, I just like to keep those things out of my diet for personal and health reasons.
I also love the idea of harvesting food from your own backyard. Fresh produce that wasn’t treated with chemicals that taste amazing and help the environment at the same time. I live in an apartment and can’t do that on my own so this summer I decided to volunteer at a local community garden. I wanted to learn about soil health and just how to garden in general because I know almost nothing about it. It has provided such great food, and in large quantities where I haven’t had to buy any produce! I’m eating food I grew myself and not having to pay anything! It gets me so jazzed.
This week I brought home potatoes, onions, Swiss chard, Hungarian hot peppers, green beans, and cucumbers. You can see all the beautiful freshness in the photo above. This will most definitely feed the both of us until next week’s grocery trip. I'll even have to give some cucumbers away because we will not waste food!