One of the things our family does to help us save for our Nolen and now the girls is plant a garden. We have three raised garden beds in the backyard. I read an article that said the average garden cost $80 to plant and yields arounds $800 in produce. Not bad. I don't know if ours saves us that much but it definitely helps us eat better for less. I grow many vegetables in the garden and freeze or can them so they last the year. The things we grow and therefore don't purchase include potatoes, onions,cucumbers, garlic, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, peppers, okra, watermelon, corn, pumpkins, carrots, broccoli, spinach, artichokes, and strawberries. We are also fortunate that our home came with established fruit trees such as apple, peach, cherry, and raspberry bushes. Most of the fruit is used to make jams and jellies.