Amy Dacyczyn, the original frugal zealot and author of The Tightwad Gazette said she often focused on how to save money grocery shopping instead of investing in the stock market because shopping for her family had a direct, tangible impact on her bottom line.

While I am not the queen of coupons, I do have a few favorite ways to save money and still enjoy organic, high quality food.

1.  Shop stores like Costco.  I love Costco!  I don’t usually go crazy there; instead I stick to my list and buy what we need.  Usual purchases include 1 pound of organic spinach for less than $5, rice milk, soy milk, and organic eggs.  We go there every 2 or 3 weeks.

2.  Subscribe to a CSA.  We subscribed to two CSAs (community supported agriculture) this year and couldn’t be happier.  We got enough produce to enjoy throughout the week AND to use in freezer meals that my family is still eating now.  All of this produce cost us about $25 per week.

3.  Buy meat direct from the farmer.  I haven’t bought meat from the grocery store in a long time.  Instead, we subscribe to a meat CSA and buy our beef and pork in bulk from the farmer.  Yes, the initial outlay of cash is expensive, but we have enough meat to last the year, and the price per pound is cheaper than similar quality meat bought at a grocery store.

4.  Freeze meals.  Taking the time to freezer cook and having homemade freezer meals available saves us a lot of money.  Yes, cooking freezer meals can be time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be.  Double a recipe and put it in the crockpot and enjoy half the meal now and put the other half in the freezer.

What are your favorite ways to save on groceries?

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