In one month, I saved $180 by doing one single thing. From July 7, 2016 to August 7, 2016, my family and I harvested cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, sugar snap peas, onions and potatoes from our family garden. And in that one month (because that’s how long I kept the records), we harvested $180 worth of produce had we purchased it from the grocery store.
While I always knew gardening was worth the effort, I had never actually took the time to weigh and record our harvest, and then quantify it into real dollar savings. Our $25 investment of a few seed packets, nutrients and seedlings into our 225-square-foot garden was not only worth the fun and memories, it also saved us quite a bit of money.
This particular fact has also been measured by the National Gardening Association. They’ve measured a that you can save $600 annually by planting a 600-square-foot garden, because a well-maintained food garden produces ½ pound of produce per square foot per growing season.
Worth every penny.
And there’s only one thing you need to do right now to get started on that garden.
Dream about what you would like to plant and grow. Dream about how you would like your garden to look. Dream about the possibilities. Peruse garden seed catalogs, Pinterest, and gardening magazines and books.
And while you are dreaming of your garden, mix up a batch of Peanut Butter Energy Bites. As a Recipe Redux food and nutrition blogger, we dietitians are linking up and sharing our budget-friendly entrée recipes. These peanut butter energy bites are budget-friendly, only costing a few cents a serving. I mix up a batch on Sundays and we enjoy them as our breakfast entrée all week on the hurried days. Just pair them with two clementine oranges and a yogurt, and you are good to go for the day!
Pin this and share this recipe with your friends, and be sure to share a few of your garden dreams in the comments – what you hope to plant and grow!
How to Make Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1-1/2 cups oatmeal (old-fashioned preferred)
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Scoop with teaspoon-size spoonfuls onto a piece of parchment paper placed in a container. Cover and store in refrigerator.
If you would like to get started on planning your garden, pick up my book for some gardening inspiration. Available on Amazon.