Buying Food for the Winter

With thoughts of winter coming, are you feeling like a grasshopper or an ant? Do you have everything ready to go or are you just going to keep shopping throughout the winter buying the food when you need it?

A wonderful way of being frugal with grocery shopping doesn't always come with coupons and sales (although those are great ways!). Sometimes it comes from buying in bulk. Going to a Farmer's Market or a local grocery store or a Farmer's Coop, can often help you in locating local produce. Buy a 50lbs bag of potatoes, carrots, or turnip. Buy 10lbs of onions, cucumbers, apples and other goodies. Buy a 1/2 cow, 1/4 cow. Buy chickens, or part of a pig.

Ok, so the animal thing sounds really strange and for those of you that don't know what this means you may be thinking that you will be getting literally a half of a cow and what do you do with it then? Once you track down a local farmer (try the newspaper as well as previous options), you place your order for the amount you want. When they do their butchering, they cut up the amount of meat you want in different cuts, wrap them up, and if you are really lucky, deliver them to your home! You can save a tonne of money on meat this way, but it's something you may have to plan ahead on for room in your freezer and the money to buy the product.

We just got our 1/4 organic grassfed beef this week. It was $2.90/lb or $6.39/kg and I was able to get cuts of meat that I have never before been able to afford! We also have 5 free range fed chickens coming to our freezer for the winter.

This cuts down on our grocery bill considerable. This along with our garden produce that we have been putting up in canning, freezing or the coldroom will help take the hurt off our grocery bill this winter. And it's local and organic!

But, you say, I don't need that much meat or vegetables. It will go bad before I can consume them. Where's the deal?

Everyone needs to eat, there is no denying that. Tell a family member, friend or neighbour about the deal that you can get and ask if they want to go halves, or quarters with you on it. Pass on the savings. I find that 50 lbs of carrots gets kind of squishy when I get them on my own, so my MIL and I usually go halves or so on it. 25 lbs of carrots for $6 is not a bad deal.

Make sure you store your produce in a cool, not freezing, place. Like in a cold room or your northern most corner of your basement. You don't want your bargain to spoil before you get to eat it.

What foods do you buy in bulk?

Enjoy your day!

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