A Vegetable Garden Can Help Stretch The Budget
Now a days it seems that more and more people are struggling in this country to make ends meet and even though the recession is over many people have come out of it in far worse shape than the Government would have you believe. Many people lost their jobs and now either can not find full time employment and work part time, or have had to take jobs that pay a lot less then they use to make.
While I could probably do 50,000 words on the last statement this post is about the economic benefits of vegetable gardening to help with the household budget. It may seem like a small thing in the overall scheme of things but vegetable gardening can put a dent in the cost of your groceries each week. You could easily save $25.00 to $35.00 a week by growing your own vegetables even more if you are feeding a large family. Depending what you grow the savings can be 4 or 5 times that if you are freezing quarts of strawberries or raspberries. If you can your pickings you can extend your savings into the winter as well.
While certainly I am not talking about enough to pay your car payment here but my Grandfather always said watch the nickels and dimes and the dollars will take care of them selves. Did not understand that when I was 10 but as the years went by I have come to understand and appreciate those words of wisdom. When ever possible I will try to find something that is used when doing a project instead of going out and buying new. You would not believe how much money you can save.
Barter Them Extra Vegetables
Finding yourself with a bumper crop of tomatoes or cucumbers why not try to barter for something you want or a service you need. Those extra vegetables have a monetary value as well. There are many people who would gladly swap some of their skills for the chance to get a hold of some fresh home grown produce.
What about the auto mechanic down the street do you think he would slap a set of brakes on your car to have some fresh vegetables every week, or maybe the carpenter on the next block over would he build you a set of storage shelves for some of those ripe tomatoes or a few quarts of strawberries? How about Sue the mom that does all those scrumptious treats for the PTA bake sales would she baked you a couple of loves of zucchini bread in exchange for a grocery bag full of zucchini? You will never know unless you ask and the worst that could happen is your offer may get turned down. But is any of your offers get accepted it is a win win for both of you and both of you will have gotten something you wanted.
Vegetables gardening can save you money and make your budget go a bit further if you can find creative ways to use those vegetables.