We have needed to lower our budget significantly, and the only place I haven't lowered it yet is groceries, because it's so important to me to eat high quality, organic foods. I already run a food co-op where I get most of our organic produce for at least half sometimes 75% off grocery store prices because I do most of the work, so that helps a lot, but I do still have to purchase grocery store items. I usually buy in bulk through costco, and amazon..I split items with my family members to make it more affordable on a monthly basis, while still getting the good prices. The issue I'm having is that DH could care less about how we eat..If he was as passionate as I he'd be more understanding..and maybe try and give up his convenience foods that he can't seem to live without. Namely, cereal(bad for you cereal!), energy drinks and chips and salsa. Everyone is gluten free but DH. I don't give my kids gluten because I have huge issues with it, and so does most of my extended family, so I figure, why even bother? Well, it's definitely more expensive eating this way unfortunately. We are also mostly grain free and my daughter is dairy free and can't eat tomatoes yet(she's 15 months, I think she'll probably outgrow it) The grain free part is the kicker. I know if we could all eat grains our budget could be a lot less, but I just don't feel well when I eat grains, and I feel like preparing grains for the rest of the family and not myself would just be a lot of work. We buy almond flour(4.00-5.00/lb), coconut flour(5.00-6.00/lb) and other starches that aren't cheap for baking..I would hate to give those up! We do eat rice and rice pasta occasionally(I dont though...I just make zucchini noodles or something). The kids and I eat mainly meat, eggs, produce, potatoes, some grain free baked goods and some dairy products...very little grain. I also buy a gallon of raw milk every two weeks that cost $9.00! I don't want to cut this since this is the only thing DS drinks besides water. We've already cut our eating out budget quite a bit, bit DH and I have a hard time sticking to it unfortunately. I need help on where to cut the budget. We don't buy organic dairy except the raw milk and butter(but I only buy it on sale) just because we don't eat much dairy and I don't feel the need to focus so much on keeping that organic, but we buy organic meat 95% of the time...this is super important to me because we eat so much of it since we've eliminated some food groups. I don't know what to do!! help! we have health insurance, but I'd honestly rather focus on eating as well as we can and maybe even change our health insurance plan to catastrophic only to save money since we're rarely sick and I don't vaccinate or anything. I don't know..tips?
BTW, we are recently debt free!! :)