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Which Costs More: Grocery Shopping Vs. Growing Your Own Food?

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The table belows shows the interesting results of one family’s experiment to discover the cost savings of growing your own food versus purchasing it at the store.

Many people choose to grow their own food to save on the cost of groceries – but does growing your own food actually cost less? The interesting table below summarizes one family’s experiment to find out which actually costs more – growing your own food, or buying it at the grocery store.

Of course, let’s not forget that there are many other reasons to grow your own food, such as taste, nutrition, pleasure, sustainability, self-sufficiency, and the enormous and timeless feeling of satisfaction that comes from providing food for your family. Obviously, these benefits are much harder to quantify.

Results of this experiment:

Cost of groceries vs gardening

The experimenter summarizes thus:

As far as cost goes, fresh food from the garden wins by a slim margin. However, it is difficult to quantify your health and happiness into this equation.

I know for me. I’m happier when I’m gardening. I know I’m healthier because of the exercise and eating good, clean food. The dollar amount is interesting, but almost inconsequential.

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