So..... We've had some changes 'round these parts. Some employment changes, some education changes, some residence changes, some income changes, and so on. And some of these changes have been great! Like.... I love, love, love our current house! And some of them are less than awesome, like our income going down somewhat. Now, nothing dire, nothing dramatic. Just something where we need to be more aware and we need to cut back on some things. Now, don't get me wrong, I know that food is life and health and vital and what you put in is what you get back out and all of that. Believe me, I get it. Really, I do. But when I need to come up with money in our budget, well, yea, we can spend less on groceries.
The catch of that is that it doesn't mean I'm willing to feed my kids white bread and frozen pizza or anything like that. There'll be no "budget gourmet" frozen dinners or Chef Boyardee or anything along those lines. I just will not go that far. I will buy non-organic produce and I will buy non-organic dairy, but I'm still not going to buy "juice" made with high fructose corn syrup. Matter of fact, I won't buy juice at all because that's just entirely unnecessary spending. But that's neither here nor there. The point is, in the blogs to come for a while, there will be an absence of organics, so forgive me. It's not a misplaced priority, it's just the blasted economy.
So, to the point of the entry..... making good choices. Cooking from scratch, good choice. Avoiding convenience foods, good choice. Buying great products at good prices? Best choice! So it's a bit of knowing what is generally fairly priced, and it's a bit of ad watching and taking advantage of sales. When there's a great price on something, I take advantage of it, which is what I did today.
My regular grocery store is Kroger, which is very convenient to my house so I am able to get there often if needs be. This week they were advertising canned organic beans for $.89 a can. Um, yes! One can is the equivalent of a pound of meat when I convert meals, so that is a steal right there. I definitely did not just get these three cans(I got fifteen). And the tofu.... That one still has me flummoxed. It wasn't on sale, but we didn't have any tofu and I like to have at least one package on hand at any given time. So, I went to the far corner of the store where they have the 'natural' foods and grabbed a package. It was $1.50. It's organic. Again, this is basically the equivalent of a pound of meat, and it's organic and inexpensive. I'll take it!
I also visited my local 'natural foods' store today, Earth Fare. I don't get there much because most of the stuff is out of my budget. Not all, but I'm not buying fancy cheeses or organic everything, so there's not a whole lot I need to get there. But the chain sends out periodic coupons via e-mail. It's basically just a loss leader the store puts out there to get you in to buy more things. But I just go get the coupon item(s) and consider it a victory. This time, it was these awesome four pound bags of organic Valencia oranges for $2(!) a bag, limit four. Um, what?! Yes! I actually debated a fourth bag, but I know it would have ended up wasted. I'm already not sure how we're going to consume twelve pounds of oranges. We're going to have to put some work into it. They also had organic Hass avocados for $1 each. So, four avocados, done! Grand total of this all organic purchase? $10.30, increased tax included!