Slash Your Grocery Bill By Planting A Garden
Fresh fruits and vegetables can add a tremendous cost to your weekly grocery bill especially if you buy out of season produce or buy during a bad growing season. Because of the high costs, some families choose to forgo fresh vegetables for canned or processed foods instead of choosing how they get their produce. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, “Consumer choices about food spending and diet are likely to be influenced by the accessibility and affordability of food retailers–travel time to shopping, availability of healthy foods, and of course food prices.”
To control this cost, you can plant and grow your own vegetable garden. [pullquote-left]Starting a vegetable garden at home is an easy way to save money without foregoing the necessary health and wellness benefits.[/pullquote-left] With less than a dollar you can buy a pack of seeds. Or if you prefer, you can purchase a tomato plant for $2 which can easily provide you with 10 pounds of vegetables over the course of a season. If you are worried that your garden will yield more than you can handle, share the extra produce with friends and neighbors, or donate it to a local food bank. Better yet, the excess can be canned and stored for your family’s fall and winter months.
Besides for slashing your grocery bill, planting a garden has many other benefits:
- Reducing an environmental impact by not using pesticides that could cause pollution
- Added health benefits to you and your family derived from eating fresh fruits and vegetables and by knowing exactly what you are putting in your body and how it was grown
- You would be soaking up much needed Vitamin D by being outside in that healthy sunlight along with getting exercise from working in the garden through planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting.
These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg.