We have had to greatly reduce our food budget for some time now- I used to make a bit of extra money during the school year (SAHM), and may again this upcoming school year, but I feel like our quality of eating has gone way down this summer and I have been struggling to get out of the cooking rut I'm in! I know I really need to think & plan it out, but I would like input from any mamas who may have weighed this comparison in the past:
Do you think it's less expensive or equal to:
-prepare meals using some partially-prepared & mostly GENERIC (no organic, but often "natural" and non-gmo) for family meals
-prepare meals using primarily ORGANIC and local or natural ingredients from SCRATCH (such as bulk & whole ingredients).
obviously, if the comparisons were generic part. prepared vs generic scratch or organic part. prepared vs organic scratch, in my experience making things from scratch typically comes out way cheaper in the end, especially when i was cooking gfcf for my son for years. I am more curious, in our situation- where I feel like I am selling myself short by getting a lot of "easy" stuff that is low budget lately, that I could be feeding my family organic/ way healthier for the same price if I spent more time prepping & cooking from scratch.
Also I had started transitioning our diet to vegetarian (my preference), and that's kind of bounced back too, and I think veg cooking would keep our grocery bill down too! :)