Filed under: Personal Finance - Saving Money.
For the budget minded, the monthly grocery bill can give you nightmares. The amount the average family spends on their groceries each month is enormous, and a large portion of that money is spent on fresh produce. Produce has a short shelf life, and often times, it is shipped over long distances. This means that grocery stores charge a premium for fresh fruits and vegetables. This is an area in which Americans refuse to reduce cut their spending. No one wants to be accused of feeding her family an unhealthy diet. Fortunately, there is another way. During tight financial times, people turned to the land to feed their families, and there is no reason that method will not work today.
Growing a garden is a great way to reduce the overall monthly grocery bill. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on vegetables a month, you can spend ten dollars on a selection of seeds and have fresh from the ground vegetables all throughout the spring and summer. Imagine the savings. Of course, growing a garden does require work on your part. Ground and water will make anything grow, but in order for your garden to be bountiful, you will need to get a little dirty.
The good news is. You do not need to have an enormous garden to supplement your family’s grocery bill and save money. You are not replacing a grocery store. You are supplementing and reducing your dependency on expensive grocery store produce. If you live in Maryland, you will not be growing oranges and lemons. You will still need to buy those at the store, but you can certainly grow lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.
As a budget-minded person, you know how you spend your money down to the last penny. Look a little deeper. The next time you are at a grocery store, take the time to write down exactly what you buy in the produce section. When you get home, look those items that you spend the most on up and see if they will grow in your area. Then, add up your potential savings. For most people, seeing it right there in black and white is enough for them to be firing up the tiller and sharpening the hoe.
Enthusiasm is a great thing, but planning is better. There are many resources available to those who wish to reduce their grocery bill by beginning a kitchen garden. Take the time to read about what you will need to make your garden successful and do not overextend yourself. Start small and dream big. You will be amazed at the amount of money you can save with just a small garden space, or even a few potted tomato plants.