5 Tips to Save Money on Real Food

written by

Wesley Shank

posted on

January 10, 2023

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to eat more healthy meals this year?

Did you ask yourself how it's going to happen with an already tight budget and prices on the rise everywhere you look?

Today you get 5 tips to help you save money and still feed your family high integrity, nutrient-dense foods. 

1. Don't waste it!

Food waste is a serious problem in our nation.

20% of the food people buy is never eaten... That means out of $500 spent on food, $100 worth is thrown away. 

If there is one thing our family and team hates the most, it is seeing perfectly good food go to waste... Especially when it's our truly pastured, chemical-free foods we've poured so much time and energy into.

For example...

One customer reported some black spots on their Thanksgiving turkey and threw out the bird. Occasionally heritage turkeys will have skin spots from their dark feather pigmentation... This is totally normal and does not affect the quality of the meat in the least.

We would've been glad to give them a full refund and get the bird returned rather than see the entire turkey go to waste.

Another customer threw away one of our 100% Grass-fed steaks because it tasted different than the grocery store beef they were used to.

When in doubt, please ask us BEFORE throwing away food.

Even if there is a real problem with a food item... we will still want the product returned so we can figure out what went wrong.

If it is truly spoiled, the pigs get a treat or we turn it into rich soil-building compost. But most times it's only a cosmetic imperfection and our family makes a good meal of it.

Nothing gets wasted on our farm! :)

2. Buy 5 or 10 Packs and SAVE

We created mini-savings options so you don't need a chest freezer to get volume discounts. If the item you are buying has a 5 or 10 pack savings option... use it!

A few dollars saved on multiple items can easily add up to $20 saved on every order.

Store the extra packs in your freezer, enjoy the convenience of nutrient-dense protein on hand and feel good about saving money.

Keep an eye on Rodrick's order reminder emails this year to see all new savings options as they are announced. More on the way!

3. Stock up with Event Bundle Savings

These events are special times to stock up with our absolute best prices of the year on Chicken, Beef, or Pork. During these events we have variety bundle savings options.

If you have a chest freezer or can split a bundle with friends & family you do NOT want to miss one of these events.

You can save $25–$150+ depending which bundle you choose.

Everyone loved the trial events we offered last year so maybe we'll make them annual traditions. πŸ˜‰

The Pastured Chicken Event should always be in September when our freezers are jammed full trying to hold enough chicken to last for the winter. Truly Pastured birds can only be out on grass in the warm months you know...

Grass-fed Beef steaks and burgers are big hits at summer cookouts so we'll aim for a May Beef Event. And of course this also helps us clear freezer space for the fresh chicken we butcher each summer.

And Pastured Pork... Well, who doesn't like to kick off the new year with an exciting event on the horizon? No seriously, there's a better reason than that. :) January works best for the Pork Event since we do our main pork harvest in November and December as the hogs come off lush fall pastures. If you're interested, be sure to watch your inbox for the big news this Thursday.

4. Don't go for top dollar meats

If you want to lower costs and still eat clean, delicious and nutritious foods... don't go for the specialty cuts.

Eat savory crock-pot roasts instead of steaks. Or if you're really craving steak, choose a Sirloin or London Broil. Both are top-notch-delicious if you don't sear too hard or overcook.

Use Mom's whole chicken dinner recipe and then use bones and bits of meat to simmer for a second meal of nourishing soup.  

Or save a ton of money on chicken parts and cut up a whole bird! Here's a video I made to show exactly how to cut through each joint and part out the chicken. With a little practice anyone can do it.

5. Use meal replacing smoothies

I personally drink plain Raw Milk or a milk based smoothie for at least one meal every day. Raw Milk Kefir Fruit Smoothies give your gut a healthy probiotic boost and Jeanette's delicious Chocolate Banana Super Smoothie packs plenty of protein. You choose.

These options will give you a nutritious meal for under $4.

My glass-of-milk-meal costs about $1... the kefir smoothie is only $1-2 if you make kefir at home... and the Milk-Chocolate-Banana-Egg-Smoothie fills you well for about $3.50.

And if you wish to lose weight, follow Dad's Raw Milk Diet. In 28 days he lost 25 pounds... Anyone still looking for a New Year's Resolution? :)

Please email and let me know which of these tips is your favorite... or if you have another savings idea to share.

I'd love to hear from you!


~5th generation on the farm


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