Recently I was having a conversation with someone in the store about buying organic produce. The conversation turned to budgets and the lady in the store told me that she would love to eat healthier but she just couldn't afford the high price of organic products. I have thought about this recently and pondered my grocery budget. The biggest money saver on my grocery budget has been our lack of meat purchases! Go vegetarian! It will save you a bundle... in groceries and in medical bills!
Once we eliminated meat from our menu, our grocery bill dropped tremendously and even though we added organic products to our shopping list which do carry a higher price tag, we still save more money on groceries now than when we had meat at every dinner and bought cheaper processed foods.
We didn't eliminate meat to save money but that is a wonderful side benefit. We did it because my husband's cholesterol level was higher than I wanted and I started researching natural ways to bring it down. It didn't take me long to realize that animal products are the culprit to high cholesterol and processed sodium laden foods are largely behind high blood pressure. Since eliminating meat from our diets, my husband's cholesterol has dropped 24 points! And, his blood pressure is nice and low! No health damaging medications for him to lower these things artificially!!
Meat is very expensive... especially if you shop for antibiotic and hormone free meats! Eliminate or greatly reduce your meat consumption and you'll see a huge improvement on your grocery bill... but more importantly, your health!