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I live in a city so foraging is a little tricky!

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&NanHorst I hope you do! The ground may not be perfect but you will learn as you go as to what you need to do to it.

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I am so going to start a garden this year! I have been wanting to do it for a while now and with prices on the rise it will surely help us! I am going to have to do some research on what time of year is best to plant what stuff! :) I have plenty of land to plant on lol, just don't know if it will be good enough to grow things.

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&goodselfme It's amazing how many potatoes or onions or carrot are left in a field when they've finished with it!

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I used to glean a potato farm acreage in Montana. that was fun and gave us a years potatoes too. We stored them Thank you for you wonderful post.

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Those are some very good ideas! I never would have thought of following a farmers produce truck route.. not a bad idea! :)

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Gleaning would probably be great on an organic farm with extra wild-edible foods available.

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&SPB100 Gleaning can be a lot of fun, but you have to live near farming country to do it. It really is getting harder to eat healthy food.

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I have never heard of "gleaning" but every little bit helps. It's getting harder and harder to eat healthy!

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Yes, it is biblical! There's no sense in wasting anything, and you're right; a compost pile makes the most of every scrap.

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gleaning is e ven biblical, ruth did it to feed herself and naomi! also not wasting scraps you can do a compost pile i put small stuff ike coffee grounds on my front ??/word here lol hedge in front of my porch hopefully my dirt better next year!

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&vserrao1 It's amazing what you can grow indoors like that.

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I never thought about growing food on my windowsill.

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Whoa... lots of comments I missed!
&Darisse Container gardens can be easier
&deepblue The time spent is well worth it.
&carolee44 Yes, you're right!
&novascotianewfie Sounds like you're doing well with it!

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I always save leftovers, buy in bulk when I can (cheaper that way), and have a small summer garden. but I shop the flyers. we have several supermarkets next to each other, so I always buy the sales. and I will not pay regular price unless it is something I am out of and absolutely need right now. otherwise it is put on my grocery list to buy when on sale.

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Cooking for the freezer always help save...by buying food on sale.

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A little bit time consuming to do but of course the savings is justified, Pat.

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I had a garden for a couple year but I stopped during my last pregnancy and I have not picked it back up. I really need to but I think I might try container gardening this time.

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&DorothyGale And you can do a lot of things with zucchini. Fry it, bake it, make bread with it, or make a pie with it. (www.bubblews.com/news/1014583-zucchini-pie-frugal-and-yummy)

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Great info! At this time of year, you can always find neighbors wanting to give away zucchini! :)

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&pneill Thank you. It worries me that people don't know how to do simple things any more.

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You write about this topic beautifully, &PatV Preparedness is so important and the knowledge our grandparents had is almost gone--so posts like this are excellent!

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I have never heard the word gleaning before. My mother use to do this. We would pick up tomatoes left in fields, cantaloupes that had fallen off of trucks or trains. She would always pick mustard, which I hated as a kid. All those hairs on the leaves. Ick
When I lived in the UK we were near a farmer who left potatoes on the side of his field. They were the wrong size for the supermarket. My daughter filled a bag. The acorn doesn't fall from the tree.

Here I have a small farm but have forgone the garden. The wind, the sand, the sun, the insects left me thinking it wasn't worth it.
We still have coconuts, cashews, mangoes and bananas though.

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Yes, these tips do help--especially for us city folks...

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&1hopefulman Those things really can help!
&polysays I would hope so, but some cities won't allow gardens where they will show.
&haze True!

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I agree there are ways to obtain food for cheap of free. Many times a neighbor will grow more vegetables than they can use.

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Will gardens replace the lawn mowing expense
with something we can eat?

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I'm learning more and more about foraging and helping neighbors that have too much fruits and vegetables that they are eager to give some away.

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This is a really useful post--thanks! I forage wild plant food all the time (except winter) and we eat well. The only cost is your labor. Gleaning I do when my neighbor is tired of trying to eat all the foods from his incredibly prolific garden. Then he gives me a shout.

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&StartFlatBroke Exactly!
Pat_Anthony I thought of that, but I can't, with good conscience, advise people to do that unless they're in a very serious situation.
rcj6 Even city dwellers can find free food - maybe even more than rural people. Trees grow over alleys, people don't use the fruit the trees produce (ask first!), back yards are full of wild foods when you don't poison them. I grow things in pots and use extra water (I think I have a post about that) to water them. I'd rather have it free than at a good price. :)

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&PatV City dwellers are a bit more challenged in finding the free foods as you suggest re: gleaning, etc. Gardens are still a great option for many. I could grow veggies in pots here at my townhome, but find that the farmers markets that are so close by trump whatever I can raise in my pots. Pots dry out so quickly and watering and tending them was a bit much much for me. I mostly try to save by being aware of prices so that I know when a bargain is really just that. Also, I save a lot by being absolutely vigilant about rotating my foods in the frig or in my cupboards. I very seldom throw even one lettuce leaf away anymore.

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Gleaning is more popular in some areas than others. Several local stores have free samples during the week and it is obvious people take advantage of this as a lite meal at times.

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&PatV yes I do understand, free food is as good as free money!

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&StartFlatBroke (I love your nickname, by the way) I think you understand what I mean! There's a lot of free food just for the effort of getting it.
&Alrady There is a tremendous amount of waste, not only at restaurants, but in the fields. Modern harvesting equipment is very inefficient.
&GardenGerty Eating more vegetables should make a big difference in the food budget. Meat is much more expensive per serving and you can get more vegetables for free.

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Great suggestions for a college student like me :)

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&GardenGerty got here first with the topic of what we eat and she is right about the bargains we can get on veggies, which are healthy food. Those who are lucky enough to live near a 99 Cents Only store really have it made grocery-wise because they have sold 10 lb bags of potatoes for under a dollar, whole watermelons, honeydews, cantelopes, red, yellow, orange and green peppers, beautiful heads of cauliflower, etc. Not everything they sell is rock bottom, but a careful buyer can fill at shopping cart completely with food for less than you can put in one bag at the regular markets.

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Something else that is coming to my mind lately that benefits not just the cash flow but also the health is the topic of what we eat. I was at the store, bought $28 worth of groceries while waiting on the prescription. Most of it was veggies. I got a back of "rainbow slaw" for $1.29 manager mark down. That is red and green cabbage and carrots. I got ten bags of frozen veggies, peas, carrots, corn, spinach. One large onion. I got some manager marked down bread, pumpernickel and onion buns. I did buy two different meat selections. I got a kielbasa, which will be cooked with the slaw and onions and peppers from our garden. Hubby and I will eat at least twice from that, maybe more. Total cost for six servings is going to be .75 or less. Lots cheaper than beef, for sure, or even chicken. I got a bag of cooked de veined shrimp which will be put in salads, and will last us quite a while. I am just really certain that eating more vegetables and less meat is what is going to save me money. I will have to see what I have to forage here in my yard.

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I think it was Top Chef or maybe it was Chef Ramesey had competitors go to gather food leftover at restaurants and warehouses. Incredible task and highlighted the amount of waster in food industry. They have to waste because of specifications. But STILLL

Seriously I think the truckers and everyone should strike and write congress, and governors and president -- to get control of gas prices again.. Tripled in last 3-4 years and no reason that I can see... lower the tax and give us a break.. food price rise with increased costs of trucking IMHO

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Really great post highlighting different methods of obtaining fresh food stuffs. Thank you!

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ABSOLUTELY TRUE! We do live in an agricultural area and this is how we managed to raise six kids and never had my wife go to work until they were in high school. She also put up at least 100 jars of canning every year and filled the freezer with gleaned produce. Being a pretty good fisherman helped out with both the food supply and entertainment.

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