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THIS WEEK'S SAVING GRACE

How Summer Can Cut Your Grocery Bill by 30% or More

When I was a little girl, I used to spend summers on my grandmother's farm. It had everything an inquisitive child could dream of -- a patch of evergreen trees to hide among; a creek to wade in; a swimming hole to swim in; railroad tracks to walk along; cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks and geese to play with; an apple orchard and a garden as big as a football field. It was heaven on earth.

My grandmother loved to experiment in her garden each year planting some new and exotic vegetable, squash or melon to compliment the tried and true tomatoes, sweet corn, peas, carrots, potatoes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage among others. Each morning we'd go out and pick the day's meal from the ripest of the crops. Once a week she'd slaughter a chicken to roast and eat with the veggies, usually on a Sunday. But for six days a week all we'd eat was fresh fruit and vegetables.

I have never forgotten those summers on the farm, and to this day in the summer I still enjoy eating nothing but fruits and veggies for lunch and supper. A sinfully delicious zucchini casserole loaded with fresh sweet onions, tomatoes, garlic, and lots of cheese is as good to me as a T-bone steak. A big slice of watermelon or cantelope makes for a refreshing cooler or dessert. Ben and Jerry's can't hold a candle to fresh strawberries turned into homemade ice cream.

With this regimen, one of the things I noticed in addition to losing a few pounds every summer was the significant drop in my grocery budget. By all accounts, my grocery budget drops a whopping 30% during the summer. I don't have a garden anywhere near the size of my grandmother's, but I still manage to grow my own lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, green peppers and herbs. The rest of the fruits and veggies I buy at a local farm stand. Without meats to run up the price of groceries, I am able to pad my savings account a little bit more during the summer months.

Do I still have roast chicken on Sundays? Why break tradition. Of course I do, and if I don't eat it all, I save it to add to some of my vegetable dishes so it never goes to waste.

Happy Savings,

The Saving Lady

   

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