What’s the Secret?

There’s actually no real secret to eating well for less than $5 per day. Food is pretty cheap if you just buy generics and wait for sales.

If you want to eat some of your more-expensive, favorite brand name products and eat more beef and fish, then you need to practice Smart Shopping so that you consistently pay the lowest prices for most of the rest of the food you buy.

You also have to be able to cook well enough to use a can opener, “just add water,” bake some things in your oven, and be able to use a microwave. You don’t need to be a great cook.

You also need to know that fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t really more nutritious (in terms of vitamins and minerals) than canned or frozen vegetables. Think about it – when you put green beans in a can, the vitamins don’t fall out.

You should also know that if you’re struggling to feed yourself and your family, the benefits of organics may not be worth it.