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How Gardening and Preserving Can Save You Money (Guest Post and a Giveaway)

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Guest Post by Laura from

People often ask me how I am able to afford feeding my family of six such a wholesome diet of mostly organic foods on a limited budget. My answer: I make almost all of our food from scratch and I grow and preserve as much of our food as possible.

I don’t claim to be an expert at gardening; in fact, I often tell people that my garden grows in spite of me. I also don’t have the yard space to grow as much food as I need for my family.

How I Preserve As Much Organic Produce As Possible Each Year:

  • Grow what I can, making the best use of my garden space.
  • Utilize my farmer’s market and learn which vendors grow their produce organically and which ones are willing to “give me a deal” when I buy a large quantity.
  • Talk to people. Many people have more apples on their trees and strawberries in their patch than they know what to do with.  They are often happy to give me their excess for free.
  • Trade. If I have an abundance of potatoes, I’ll trade it for a bunch of green beans. Or, if I don’t have an abundance of any produce, most people are happy to accept !

During the Summer and Fall seasons while fresh produce is readily available, we eat as much as possible. Any extra goes into the freezer or (and oh wow is there usually extra!).

By the middle of October, I have usually put away enough potatoes, corn, green beans, peaches, pears, applesauce, strawberries, tomato sauce and tomato soup to last us for the entire year.

Also by the middle of October, I am so sick of looking at tomatoes I don’t care if I ever see another one as long as I live!  I soon get over it and begin to realize the fruit of my labor as all throughout the coming months I am able to pull delicious organic foods out of my freezer and pantry for our meals.

How Gardening and Preserving Benefits Our Family:

  • Our family has saved hundreds of dollars on groceries.
  • I know exactly the kind of food going into our pantry and freezers and then into our bodies. I know what I put into my sauces. I know what soil my food came from. I know I can trust the food to be healthy for my family.
  • Our family gets to work hard together. Planting, weeding, and picking all becomes a family affair. We are a family with dirt under our fingernails!
  • The food is delicious! In my opinion, nothing is better than home grown organic produce!

Brand new jars can be pricey, but at yard sales, you can find them for almost nothing!

Gardening and preserving your own food is a wonderful way to help provide your family with great quality, delicious, inexpensive produce all year round!

Laura Coppinger and her husband have four sons ages 5-12.  She blogs at encouraging women daily in the areas of healthy eating, gardening, parenting, homemaking, faith and fun.

Would you like some help getting started with gardening and preserving? Well, Laura has graciously offered to give away 10 copies of her ebook, , here today. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post in the next 24 hours. Winners will be chosen and posted on Monday.

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966 Comments

  • JoAnn C says:

    Would love this book. We are doing our first garden this year.

  • Jeanni says:

    Check this out:

  • Jenny says:

    Expecting twins which will make us a family of 7. Doing some research on saving big time in groceries, and this is something we’re wanting to begin. We’d love to plant our own garden – just don’t have a clue how to start! 🙂 Looks like a helpful book!

  • Jeanni says:

    Beautiful, I love it. very inspiring. I want to garden more. I go to church with expert gardeners, Mennonites, so I am hoping to learn more this spring!

  • Kristin says:

    Would love to win, we actually built the start of our garden today!

  • says:

    I would love to win this. We have just planted our first ‘real’ garden. By real I mean it has more than just one or two types of plants! I could use all the help I can get! I am hoping to have enough to can our sur (once I learn how!). I have high hopes for my little garden!

  • Amanda says:

    We’ve gardened for a couple of years now, but have not yet ventured into the realm of canning. Although I’ve wanted to, I haven’t been brave enough yet. Would love a copy of this book!

  • Alex Hall says:

    I love Laura’s blog! I’ve gleaned a ton of valuable information from it. I’d also LOVE a copy of this book, as we are currently planning our 1st garden!

  • Heather D. says:

    I would love this book, just started some seeds inside for our first garden this year.

  • says:

    I love Laura’s site and would love this ebook!

  • says:

    I’ve been working on getting the garden ready this week. Planted seeds indoors last week and most have already sprouted. I’m a beginner, though, and could definitely use this book!

  • Lisa Whitmore says:

    I need help to start my garden so I hope I win!!

  • says:

    I would love to have this book we are doing our first garden this year, and trying to learn to can and do my own preserving this would be a great tool for me.

  • says:

    Would love to learn more about this!

  • Danielle B says:

    I’d love to do this! I only have enough space to do a container garden of tomatoes, and I’d love to know how to make the most of it!

  • says:

    I already commented, but I wanted to ask where is the best place to buy jars for canning at the best price? Aside from a random one here and there at the thrift store I don’t know where to go besides lowes and pay full price. Any help is appreciated!

    • Mickie says:

      @Heather, I know Sam’s Club has them in a case. It is definitely cheaper than lowes or other smaller places. May be you can check online as well?

  • Kelley says:

    Would love to win!

  • says:

    Please enter me. Thanks!

  • says:

    I would love this book! I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but have put off buying it since baby #4 is due right at the beginning of gardening season, and I’ve decided I shouldn’t add one more thing to my already full plate this year. 🙂 But I’d love to have it just the same.

  • Holly says:

    I would LOVE a copy!!! We have been gardening for almost 6 years now. We always have an over abundance of food…but I never thought of canning.

  • Courtney W. says:

    Would LOVE this book! I love canning and could use a bit of help to go beyond greenbeans!

  • valarie says:

    I’d love this! I could use all the help I can get.

  • Joyce says:

    Would love this book. Our neighborhood is getting together and planting assorted fruits and vegetables. I currently make my own sausage and bread. I truly want to know what goes into our bodies.

  • Elizabeth Stewart says:

    I would absolutely love to win! We’re starting a garden this year, carrying on the legacy my dad left behind when he passed in March of 2009.

  • says:

    How neat! I’m so excited about getting our garden started and preserving the harvest the Lord provides!

  • Sarah says:

    I would love to read this book. I’ve been out getting ready to put in our new garden while the weather’s been nice.

  • Liz says:

    Sounds like a great resource! Would love to have it!

  • Danielle says:

    Would love this book!! I have #1 son already and #2 baby on the way in May and would love to put together a garden this year!

  • says:

    Oh I would love to win this book!!

  • Danielle Herrera says:

    Started my herb garden last year and am planning on planting veggies this year. I should really get started on that.