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I don’t know about you, but even though I pretty much live for food, I’d rather spend my money on clothes or a mani/pedi.

Yes, I love having amazing food in my kitchen, like 10-year-old aged balsamic vinegar and only organic goat’s milk for my son. But I still live in the real world, and I don’t have, nor do I want to spend $200 a week on groceries (for the 3 of us).

That being said, I’m slightly sick of hearing how eating healthier costs more.

Yes, it can cost more, especially when you’re throwing in organic dairy and meat, but it can also cost the same, or even less than the SAD (Standard American Diet) way of eating.

Curious how I get away with eating grass-fed meat, organic fruits and veggies, and cold-pressed virgin oils (like olive and coconut oil) for about $115 a week?

Here are just 25 (and I say just, because I have more ideas …. maybe a part 2? Help me out by leaving a comment on the bottom!) ways to save money on your weekly grocery bill, so you can treat yourself.

I won’t even judge you if you buy a gossip mag with all your extra cash. Just sayin’.

25 ways to save money on groceries

What are YOUR best secrets for saving money while eating healthier?

Top 10 resources Who else agrees that the internet is a wonderful thing, and can’t even remember what life was like before it?

Sure, I bet that you can remember having actual conversations with people, especially if you have a child, which means you touched a real, live, 3-D person at least once.

Now that everyone and their dog are online, the inter webs are becoming so overloaded with information that’s it hard to know who or what to trust.

Oh, you want to do something simple like starting to eat healthier? Great!

So you type that into Google, and find articles telling you to eat only fruit, 100% raw, drink nothing but green juice for a month, paleo, specific carbohydrate diet, traditional diets, grain free, 100-mile diet, caveman, balanced, high carb, low carb, no carb.

Even I’m confused and having a mild panic attack, and I do this for a damn living. The choices are endless, but how do you know if the recipes are any good?

After all, you’re spending your hard earned cash on some of the weirdest ingredients you’ve ever heard of. I’m talking about you, umeboshi plum paste.

I’ve compiled my personal top 10 FREE healthy living resources so that they’re all in one tidy spot (for yours and my sake!).

Here they are, in no particular order:

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By Guest Blogger: Kelly Pietrangeli of Project Me.

make recipes instead of sharing Do you ever find yourself trolling through healthy eating websites (such as this one), soaking up new information and having real ‘I should try that!’ moments? Maybe it’s fab new recipe, a top nutritional tip or a must-buy item. 

Suddenly you run out of time, shut the lid on your laptop and don’t get around to doing any of it. So how can you take great things you read about online and put them into action in your life?

This is something I’ve been working on myself.  I’ve always been an Information Seeking Missile - scrolling and scanning my way across multiple pages, snacking on glorious tidbits of new knowledge. But doing this regularly can leave me feeling more like I’ve grazed all day than had a full meal.

I realised I was completely wasting my time online if I didn’t slow down and allow it to compute. I also know that for anything in life, I need to write it down to make it happen.

I’m now a Pro Surfer and able to bring the great ideas I read about online into my life.

Here are some top Surfing Tips to turn you into a Pro as well.

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beets On my way into the grocery store this weekend, I came across a steal of a deal ingredient that wasn’t in my meal plan for the week, but I just couldn’t pass it up.

What is this wondrous ingredient, you ask?

It was a … wait for it … 10 pound bag of beets for $2.97!

No, they’re not organic, but beets aren’t on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, so I snapped them up.

You’ve probably come across a similar ingredient that was an amazing deal, so you bought it on impulse. Then you get home, and think “what the f@ck am I going to do with 40 pounds of heritage tomatoes?” or some other non-ordinary ingredient that you don’t normally cook for an army of 100.

So I’m going to walk you through my process, on the fly and in real time, of exactly how I’m going to use 27 beets.

And yes, I counted them. How else was I going to figure out how many recipes I could make?

Remember that I’m not going to actually eat all 10 pounds. Most of it I’ll freeze for later in single servings, a la my “freezer cooking” method.

Without further ado, here are the 6 ways that I’m going to use up all 27 beets:

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veggie viagra We’ve all opened our veggie drawer to find a bag of carrots or some celery that we bought a month ago. The only word that comes to mind is flaccid.

I don’t think there’s anything in your life that you should be happy to describe with that word, ifyouknowwhatimean.

Worst case scenario, I usually try to use up any veggies before they go bad to make free veggie or chicken stock, but sometimes a rogue zucchini or head of kohlrabi escapes me.

Even though I meal plan every week (with this pretty planner), sometimes life gets in the way and we have to skip a meal (and use freezer meals that I always have stockpiled).

So I’ve come up with a way to plan to use up all the veggies that ultimately would turn into sludge in the bottom of that damn crisper drawer.

Seriously, it’s a see-through drawer, it should be so hard to forget about!

Come Wednesday or Thursday, I make what’s affectionately called “Everything but the Kitchen Sink”. It’s really just a veggie stir fry that uses up any veggie that’s on hand, plus some other pantry staples. I serve it over quinoa if I’m pressed for time, or brown rice if I’m on the ball and have 50 minutes for it to cook (using my rice cooker, of course! I’d just burn it on the stovetop).

This is really more of a non-recipe recipe that tastes different each time I make it, but I managed to eye-ball the ingredients for all of you and your limp veggies sakes. Have fun with this recipe, and tweak the ingredients until your family can’t get enough of it.

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