Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Organic on a budget
One of my biggest fears with making organic babysteps was the pricetag! There's a reason I didn't shop at Earthfare or health food stores...it's expensive!! We went from living in a very "earthy" town to a very southern, textile, suburban area. There aren't many options to buy organic, let alone shop around for the best prices.
For awhile we had really gotten into the grocery coupon craze. I remember a few receipts where we saved over 50%!! It was almost sickening to realize how much discounted food I would be givening up, but it was also sickening to think about how 90% of the food in grocery stores is processed or contains preservatives.
Here is one of the best blogs I have come across about the Maker's Diet and cost savings in particular: http://makersdietmom.blogspot.com/2010/04/makers-diet-on-budget-tips-for-cutting.html. Catherine did an amazing job of throwing out some ideas that really jumpstarted my cost savings when buying organic. I make it a game to see how much I can save at Earthfare. While there aren't many organic coupons, I really haven't spend a ton more. I am still compiling a spreadsheet of what we were spending before couponing and what we were saving with coupons and what I'm spending now on a lot more organic food. One thing I've noticed is even though I'm buying more from Earthfare I am buying less in general. I'm not buying prepacked meals or boxes of things. I'm buying whole foods that can be used for multiple meals.
Here are some other sites that have really helped our budget: