Eating Healthy on a Budget: Shopping the “Three A’s”

Eating Healthy on a Budget Three A's

Over the past three years, we have changed our eating habits dramatically.  I’ve been dealing with various medical issues for a while now and made the decision to eat real, whole foods once I realized how much better I felt after giving up processed foods.  Unfortunately, eating a more whole foods diet can be more expensive, but it still can be done on a budget.

With that said, we have increased our food budget over the past few years (being healthier overall should end up saving us money in the long run).  While we’ve had to cut back on other areas to free up more money for food, I don’t regret it.  Simplifying and eliminating “stuff” has allowed us to make this change, and I shop the “three A’s” to get the most bang for my buck!

The “Three A’s” that Help Me Stay on Budget

1)  Aldi

You know I love Aldi, right?!!  It’s been a great way to add a few more organic and gluten-free items into our diet and still keep the cost manageable.  I purchase lots of fruits and veggies, some fish, gluten-free pasta (on occasion), and some of their special buys.  Because we live about 45 miles away, I don’t usually get there frequently, but I’m sure to stock up when we’re there!

2)  Azure Standard

If you aren’t familiar with it, Azure Standard offers tons (and I mean tons) of natural and organic products for less.  Now, sometimes I can still find cheaper prices through Amazon or with certain sales at my local grocery store, but I find buying in bulk through them helps keep prices lower.  Also, purchasing items that are directly from Azure Standard farms can also save me money.  I like to buy sprouted rice, dry beans, canned tomatoes and sauces, raw cheese, butter, gluten-free noodles, and much more through them.

3)  Amazon

I pay attention to sales on natural and organic food items on Amazon to grab some great deals and help keep the budget low.  I often buy our dairy-free chocolate chips, coconut oil, almond butter, almonds, and more at Amazon.

I also utilize farms in our area, friends with chickens :) , Bountiful Baskets when I’m not able to get to Aldi, and preparing most of our food from scratch.  Those also help us to stay within our monthly food budget.

On a side note, if you’re are interested in eliminating processed foods from your diet, I share some ideas on how to transition to real food here



Don’t forget!  The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale ends in just a few days.  You can find some great helps in meal planning, whole food recipes, saving and living on a budget, and so much more!

Here’s How You Can Get the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for 97% Off, Get My New eCourse for FREE, and Help Build An Orphanage in India!!!

So, here’s the thing.  I’m trying to limit the number of bundle sales I share with you this year, because there are so many of them–but this is personally one of my favorites!  I know that lots of bloggers will be sharing this one, because it really is a great deal.  The bundle includes a complete library of 99 eBooks and eCourses (76 eBooks,6 eCourses, 1 audio download, 2 online conferences, and 14 printable packs) to help you become a better home manager and increase the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships.

At a total bundle price of $29.97, the cost breaks down to just $0.30 each!!!

Topics include:

  • Cleaning… create a healthy, toxin-free home
  • DIY/Homemade… fun and frugal ways to express your personal style
  • Devotionals and Faith… take a break from the daily grind to renew yourself
  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
  • Pregnancy & Babies… enjoy a healthy pregnancy and prepare to nurture your baby
  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
  • Working from Home… hone your talents, live your passions and earn money to help your family

Bonuses Include:

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)


HOme Management...for the rest of us

I wanted to do something special if you purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through my link.  I was hoping to have my Home Management…for the Rest of Us eCourse all finished up by now, but you already know I’m no supermom…and life and illness and depression got in the way.  :(  I have just another lesson to get up and the closing (hopefully done this week!!), but the eCourse is open for enrollment and the first five lessons are ready.  Please note that this eCourse is on my Faithfully Nourished site and aimed at Christians, so there is Bible study in it (just wanted to give a heads up for my readers who are not interested in that).

IF you click through and purchase through my link, go ahead and email me your receipt (motherhoodonadime @ gmail . com), and I will set you up with the eCourse for FREE once I verify the sale!!!

Plus, I will be donating all of the proceeds I make from this bundle sale to the orphanage building project we’ve been supporting through God’s Little Explorers curriculum purchases!  I just received word that they have raised $227,000 of the estimated $300,000 cost.  I’d love to be able to help them get a little bit closer to that goal!


The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

*Disclosure:  I’m sure you’ve realized by now that one way I keep this blog up and running is by using affiliate links.  This bundle link is an affiliate link, and I earn a certain percentage of any sales made through my link (at no cost to you).  I will be donating all proceeds from the sale to the AHH orphanage building project. 


Declutter Challenge: “Let It Go” Game

Let it Go Game - How to Get Started Decluttering

If any of you are interested in beginning to declutter your home, but you get overwhelmed just thinking about it, I hope you’ll join me in this “Let It Go” Game!  It is a super easy way to get started!  You can find more details at my family, food, and faith blog Faithfully Nourished!  Check it out on Instagram, too!

$25 ALDI Gift Certificate + 3 Month Barrissimo Coffee Supply Giveaway!!

This giveaway is sponsored by ALDI.  All opinions are my own!

Many of you know I am an ALDI fan!  After several years of not shopping there, I was reintroduced to them–and whenever I’m shopping “in the big town” (since I live in a tiny town), I am sure to stop by ALDI and pick up some produce, coffee, and other groceries.

Barissimo Coffee

I am excited to bring a fun giveaway to you today courtesy of ALDI.  They recently transitioned a number of former Beaumont Coffee products to the new Barissimo brand in early 2015. The product taste and price remain the same.  Also, the line features nine bagged and single serve coffee items, along with additional seasonal and Special Buy items available for a limited time.

If you haven’t tried ALDI coffee yet, you definitely should.  The Coffee Cup line is also a great value if you have a Keurig–they are some of the most inexpensive cups that I have seen without combining a coupon and a sale.

The Barissimo brand products include:

  • Ready-to-drink Iced Coffees (French Vanilla, Mocha and Coffee) – $1.19
  • Whole Bean Coffee (Morning Roast and Donut Store) – $3.99
  • Fair Trade Coffee (Medium and Dark Roast) – $3.99
  • Donut Store Ground Coffee – $3.99
  • 12 oz. Bag Coffee (Breakfast Blend, House Blend, and French Roast) – $3.99
  • Assorted Flavored Coffee (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.99
  • Flavored Coffee Cups (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.79
  • Regular Roast Coffee Cups (Breakfast and Donut) – $4.79
  • Specialty Roast Coffee Cups (Fair Trade Colombian and Dark Roast) – $4.79

(Prices based on retail on 1/7/2015. Prices subject to change and may vary by store location)

You can locate your closest ALDI store location here.

One winner is going to receive a $25 ALDI Gift Certificate AND a three-month supply of Barrissimo coffee!! 

To enter, just leave a comment below–you can share why you love ALDI, if you shop at ALDI, if you love coffee, whatever….just leave a comment!  Each person may leave one comment as an entry.

**Bonus:  If you share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, G+, or Pinterest, you may leave another comment telling me where you shared and leaving a link to your shared post.  That means you may leave up to two comments–one with a comment and one with a sharing link!  :)

The winner will be chosen via on 2/9/14 at 10 PM CT.

This giveaway is now closed.  The winner is krentfrow@