Eating Healthy and Saving Money { Extreme Couponing Education }

Because they don’t tell you everything on reality television we are here to reveal the secrets of Extreme Couponing. TLC’s Extreme Couponing is really not about education it is more about entertainment. Our goal is to educate you and empower you to save money for your family.

We have been talking about how one of the myths of couponing is that coupons are only for processed foods, junk food or food my family does not eat. I also told you we were featured in the New York Times Magazine and many of the people writing in the comments accused us of only eating junk foods. All of this brought me to the conclusion that some people just need to be educated in the way we save money on food and still eat healthy. This week I am going to talk about how you can eat healthy and still save money! You do not have to spend a lot of money to enjoy fresh produce.

Eating Healthy and Saving Money

Money may not grow on trees, but healthy food does!

Plant a Tree: When we moved into our first home we planted 3 fruit trees in the back yard. Two varieties of cherry trees so that they could cross pollinate with each other and a peach tree. We only paid about $10 each for them at Costco. We no longer live in that house, we rent it out. Lucky for us we can go back and pick cherries from it still. The second house we bought had two existing apricot trees. So we have fresh free apricots we can eat each summer.

Grow a Garden: We have been talking a lot about gardening on Fabulessly Frugal. Gardens are a wonderful way to get produce for less. Here are just a few of the gardening tips we have to offer…

Produce Sales: When we can get a good price on something we stock up on it. If we find a good price for diapers we buy 3-4 boxes instead of one. When we can get a good price on Deodorant we buy more than one. We buy our produce when it is in season. When you can get good prices on produce it is time to stock up!

Local Growers: Some of you may have access to orchards or gardens where you can pick or glean your own produce for hugely discounted prices and sometimes even for free.

Learn more about eating healthy and still saving money!


  • You mentioned stocking up on produce when you find a good buy. I suggest when you find a GREAT buy you find ways to store the fresh produce. Sure it won’t be “fresh” when you go to use it, but it will be stored at its peak and therefore nearly as healthy when eaten in the winter.

    We love to can, freeze and dehydrate our produce depending on what it is. With the exception of lettuce (and similar greens), we’ve found a way to preserve nearly everything for a less bountiful season.

    For example, we found an AMAZING price on cherries a couple weeks ago. We ended up freezing about four gallons and dehydrating another gallon (that’s the amount AFTER dehydrating). In our house we love yogurt and/or steel cut oats for breakfast, so we’ll use the frozen berries (chopped in our mini blender) in our homemade yogurt and the dehydrated ones in our overnight crockpot oatmeal (Alton Brown’s recipe slightly altered).

    This week we found a great price on grapes, so we’re making raisins as I type. We also threw a gallon sized ziploc bag of them in the freezer for a fun and healthy alternative to popsicles.

    I really appreciate that you encourage people to find ways to save no matter what it is that they consume! People need to remember that everything you suggest needs to be altered to their lifestyle. For example, we live on a one-year food plan. That means we created a rotating meal plan which provides us with a plan for the entire year. We then have food on hand to prepare all of those meals. For that reason, we don’t need to do the stockpiling that most are looking to do. So I don’t buy newspapers looking for awesome deals each week, but use your resources to identify when the items we stock are on sale. Then I purchase (or print) the corresponding coupon from one of the online coupon clipper orgs. Without your website I would not have thought to coupon since my way of living is so different from most.

    Thanks for helping me save!!

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