It's time for me to admit I have a big problem. I can't budget worth a poop, and I've been eating crap, and it's time to change. I'm stumped, tho, can you help?
Here are my challenges:
* No co-op or health food store in my neighborhood
* No bulk store in my neighborhood (I do have a friend who has a car and frequently shops at Costco, but I've learned I can't ask her to pick stuff up for me because she never lets me pay her back!! Literally, she will not take my $. I cant' have that.)
* No outlet store in my neighborhood
* No car, so if I go to one of those stores in another neighborhood I would be taking the subway ($2 + at least 30 min each way) and would only be able to carry a couple bags.
* Very little time to cook.
I am considering subscribing to this: www.urbanorganic.net
For $25/week they bring a box of seasonal organic produce to your door. Plus there's a one-time $25 sign up fee. The box is pretty small, but the quality is good; I have friends in Brooklyn who do it. It would be ideal if I could find someone to split a subscription with, so we could do a bigger size and get a better deal, but nobody I know in Queens is interested. I can't decide, tho... is $100/mo really worth it? That is a lot of money! But I think it's the only way I realistically can get organic produce.
Ok, so please give me your thoughts -
* what is a reasonable food budget for a single momma and a toddler in our situation?
* how can I cut costs given my limitations?
* should I do this urban organic thing?
* if you could only buy a few things organic, what would they be?