As far as I can remember back, my family has always had a garden.
Ours in smaller, but we grow what we need. Ever spring we start with herbs in a flower box, just outside the back door. This year is rosemary, parsley, basil and cilantro. You can start from seed or buy the plants all for a minimal amount of money and have fresh herbs all summer long. When the weather turns colder, we will freeze the remaining herb for later in the year.
Our garden has tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, peppers, kale and more. There is nothing better than to be able to walk out into the yard and pick what you want for dinner.
Everything we grow is that much less that we buy at the store. As August arrives, everything is starting to be ready to pick. This saves money each and every trip to the grocery store.