I said it. I’m a gourmande bitch. But like a power bitch not an evil, fuming, witch bitch. Like a strong, present, feminist bitch wearing high heels and eating a plate of steaming gnocchi in a butternut squash sauce. You know… THAT kind.
What I really mean is I refuse to compromise on the quality of my food. I want my meals to feel and taste luxurious. I want to eat food that makes me feel vibrant and nourished. I want food that doesn’t have chemicals in it, that was produced ethically, that’s bright and shiny and luscious.
But I’ve been think a lot about saving lately. Specifically, I’ve let a cartoon rain cloud form above my head over my Student Loan Debt. Which gets me formulating schemes to get out of it quickly. Which gets me thinking about all of the things I can save on. And of course… food is the first thing that comes to mind.
But, surprisingly, I don’t really spend that much on food. It just FEELS like I do. I eat really well on the cheap. Not that I’ve always done that! I’ve cultivated money saving muscle memory over the last couple of years — which I started to do after a painful period of working my ass off basically just to feed myself. That muscle memory comes partly from working in the Organic foods industry and getting inside tips from that world and partly from cultivating a financially minimalist lifestyle (spend less, live more).
So… today I’m sharing my tips with you. Because us bitches have got to stick together (and help each other become more financially free!).
1. Buy in bulk on Amazon. Buying premium spices and dry staple foods in small amounts at Whole Foods makes no sense. You might as well be taking a hammer to your bank account and giving your doubloons to train hoppers. I buy certain things in bulk on Amazon. I hate how much packaging I have to deal with, but thankfully it’s mostly recyclable. On Amazon I usually go for grains and flours from Bob’s Red Mill, sweeteners from Wholesome Sweeteners, and spices from Frontier. I buy Superfoods (chia, goji berries, hemp hearts, etc.) from a variety of Amazon sellers, usually the Best Sellers in each respective category (based on price and quality)!
2. Shop local and in-season. And mostly what I mean by this is… go to farmers markets! Buying from farmers markets, and directly from farmers, can be a real money saver. Not to mention that in-season produce — fruit especially — is far more affordable than out-of-season eats. Most farmers sell their fresh wares to the public for cheaper than a grocery store can offer. You’re cutting out the middle man while supporting your local economy! Congrats, you just won at being an adult! Here’s a sort-of evil tip: if you wait around until the end of the market, when folks are packing up, you can haggle over the picked-over produce and wares! It’s true! Farmers gamble at markets on how much will be sold, and when it isn’t it often it ends up going to waste (especially delicate tomatoes, berries, mushrooms, and greens).