So, tonight we went to Earthfare our local offering of the best organic shopping and we spent $118 and I didn’t even buy any milk or meat. Well, I bought hot dogs but they were on sale. Anyway, I’m torn about the whole thing. I want to buy natural and organic products and from what I saw tonight, my grocery store offers organic products at the same price (sometimes cheaper) as the health food store. The problem is, at the grocery store, the temptation to buy conventional food will always be present and I will probably have to fight a battle with the kids over junky snacks. At Earthfare there aren’t any chemical-laden snacks to buy and the snack foods are so freakin’ expensive that I will have to seriously consider whether or not I’m going to buy them. They had an M&M-type candy that the boys wanted to get and I figured, what the heck? Why not? Sean got a bag and put it under the bin and filled it. Well, it was $7.99/lb and we ended up with a pound and a half. Expensive candy…but as I said, we’ll be more mindful of how we eat because they’re so expensive that we won’t feel like we can gobble them up and run out for more. Hey, maybe this organic thing isn’t really that expensive. Maybe I will lose weight from not eating the junky snacky things. I can save money by not paying for Weight Watchers or e-diets and I can feel good about the things we do eat because they’re not full of crappy ingredients. I think for the most part, I can benefit just as much from making a lot of things on my own. When I want Cream of Mushroom soup, I can buy cream, mushrooms, chicken stock, and then make my own. It’s not hard it’s just a little more time consuming. Maybe the bill wouldn’t be as expensive either. Again, a rambling post. Sorry about that. Just trying to work all these thoughts out and get some input from people who already live this way.
Help me out, people. My budget for a family of four every month is $400 on groceries. That includes TP, papertowels, and dog food. What do you do? What is your budget? What kinds of things do you eat? I’m looking for a change. I’m looking for advice from my green friends out there. I know you are legion in the unschooling community. What advice can you offer a recovering wasteful consumer? Seriously, I believe that we should respect the planet we live on and respect the people who will live on it after us. Are there some good sites out there that talk about how to make this conversion easier?
I thank you in advance for your most kind assistance!