It’s the beginning of the New Year and besides resolutions, many of us are thinking about those glorious tax returns.

What are we going to spend it on?

Unfortunately, many people feel that tax return money is free money.  Money to be spent on things that we want but don’t necessarily need.  Things like a large screen tv, a new bike, a vacation, new clothes – you name it, we spend it.

Here’s the dealy-o – you worked for that money and most of the things that we want will only satisfy us momentarily.  They have no true value.

So I would rather encourage you this year to invest, or save, your tax return wisely.

My family has been on a mission to live debt free.  This isn’t a post about managing your finances. I would suggest heading over to Stacy Makes Cents if you’re looking for that kind of information. Shoot, my family still has a lot to learn and one of the reasons we signed up for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University this year.  We’d like to be debt free within the next 1-2 years.

However, this post is about using, not spending, part of your tax return money to invest in your families health.  Since my family lives on a strict budget, we invest part of our tax return to buy locally raised, pastured meat in bulk.

Invest in Your Families Health by Buying Locally Raised, Pastured Meat With Your Tax Return


One of the biggest concerns I hear from people trying to feed their family pastured meats free of antibiotics and hormones is the cost to do so.  I completely understand that. It definitely costs more money than your average factory farm raised animal.

However, it’s one of the most important foods for our health and that of our children.  Besides growth hormones, pesticides that makes its way into the meat from animal feed, and chemicals used to cleanse the meat, factory farmed animals account for 80% of antibiotic use in the United States.

I have to be honest.  I’ve come to a point that I HATE to write about this topic and the damaging effects factory farmed animal meat can have on our bodies.

I’d rather write about the benefits of eating locally raised pastured meats.  Pastured meats are leaner with nourishing fats, omega 3, vitamin d, and filled with other natural minerals and vitamins.  It’s also a great source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) a fat that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immune disorders.

Although many of us realize the benefits, we still focus on the costs involved.

Let me ask you this?  Is paying $3 a pound for ground beef more important than this?


I know, many of you are saying, “but we can’t afford it”.  Well, can my boys or little mama afford this?

The answer to that is no.  I’ve seen too many damaged families because of onset puberty.  I know, that I know, industrially raised meats and milks including processed foods has a lot to do with it.

Just like many of you, my family lives on a budget.  $100 – $120 a week on groceries.  However, this does not include any of our meat since we invest in it, or barter, at the beginning of the year.  It frees up money throughout the entire year for the rest of our groceries, most of it organic and grass fed.

Because I feel so strongly about feeding our families real food even on a budget, this year I’m rolling out a menu plan to help you feed your family nutrient dense foods throughout the year.  It’s called, Spain in Iowa’s Organic Menu Plan on a Budget.

Spain in Iowa’s Organic Menu Plan on a Budget


I may change the name, since it will not be 100% organic rather, nutrient dense.  I’m rolling out a subscription for a weekly meal plan with shopping list to help your family save money on real foods.

I will be providing all the information and sign up this coming Monday, in which I will again mention that it’s the perfect time of year to use some of your tax return for nourishing meat that you’ll have for the entire year.  If you don’t have a deep freeze, you can always purchase bundles of meat throughout the year from local family farmers.

To find a family farmer in your area, visit

Invest in your families health this year by buying local, pasture raised meat.  If you are on a stricter budget, consider using part of your tax return to invest in your families health.

Stop by this coming Monday to learn all about my new Organic Menu Plan On a Budget.  I’m looking forward to sharing with you the new site as we build a new community not just learning how to prepare meals but learning how to cook and doing it all on a budget!

Do you buy pastured and grass fed meat.  Can you share with me why or why not?  I’d love to also hear what is the most difficult thing about feeding your family real foods.  The cooking, the costs, etc…

Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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