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post #21 of 45
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Originally Posted by TiredX2
I *Must* know more about these!

Where? How much? Are they like a creamsicle or like orange juice?

I'm drooling here.

Oh they are heavenly! They are like frozen oj on the outside with creamy vanilla ice cream in the middle. I get them at Walmart (SHHHH!!! : ) for like 6/$3. We keep several boxes at a time. Crack I tell ya!

Edited to add they are made by Edy's.
post #22 of 45
I splurge on salmon as well. I try to stock the freezer when it's on sale but I'll buy it regardless. Pre-cut hash browns for Sunday breakfast, and ice cream.
post #23 of 45
Count me in on the wild-caught pacific salmon. It's the only animal flesh we eat and I have a disability that may be related to heavy metals. No Atlantic farmed for my family.
post #24 of 45
We buy almost everything organic; if there is an unsprayed or organic option that is what we buy. I don't think of that as splurging; I think of it as health insurance.

But there are a few convenience items that I splurge on, and would hate giving up even if the grocery budget was really tight. Plus there are some things I like, even though they are expensive.

Jarred crushed garlic
Jarred crushed ginger
Organic veggie broth
Canned beans for quick salads (I have reduced, but not eliminated, these)
Real maple syrup
Date sugar

Then there are the absolutely unnecessary treats; we don't buy them often and they could be eliminated:

Pure maple butter
Jarred specialty olives
Fair trade chocolate
post #25 of 45
Yes. I feel that perhaps - because I'm so picky - I shouldn't be on this forum. But money IS tight and I juggle the budget so I can afford our splurges.

All fruit and veg is organic. Free trade coffee. Organic nuts, grains, pulses, sugar, flour etc. I can't afford organic cheese, but all of our milk is organic too. We buy organic meat about 30% of the time. But I make *everything* from scratch except bread (which I used to and need to get back into doing it) - no frozen meals, packet mixes, pasta sauce, canned veggies or anything like that. I dry my own fruit for the kids to snack on, and the kids help me make jam/jelly. I asked my friends at our playgroup how much they spend on groceries (they don't buy organic and don't make anything for themselves) and our bills are about the same. If I splurged on organic premade meals, organic baked beans, organic pasta sauce etc our grocery bill would double (at least).

If I bought white name brand flour instead of organic wholemeal flour, and used powdered name brand milk powder instead of unhomogenised unpasteurised organic I'm sure I'd be able to cut our bill! It sucks that it's so expensive to eat healthily. I could buy a frozen pizza for $3, but I'd be worried about what we were putting into our bodies.
post #26 of 45
The best whole coffee beans I can find. I love myself some coffee.
post #27 of 45
hmmm....does the occasional pint of ben&jerry's count? (not that I would do that )....
post #28 of 45
Organic dairy is our main splurge right now.... now that dd is drinking more milk I just can't buy the regular stuff.... plus I think it tastes better so it's a treat for me too.
post #29 of 45
I don't consider Salmon a splurge bc I will buy it maybe twice a year when Cosco is having their seafood weeks and it is relatively cheap, very fresh, and freezes well. I freeze in in smallish single servings so that it really lasts.

My current big splurge is fresh, organic, out of season fruits. This is onyl bc I'm pg though. Usually I'd make do with frozen between seasons--an orchoard near my grandma sells foodservice-type packs of IQF fruits by the case twice a year for low prices. My grandma and aunts and I pool togehter to get some, although this year I was short of cahs so my aunt gave me a bunch as a b-day gift.

And always, nuts. I think the health benefits are worth the relative expense. Unsalted cashews, blanched almonds, and sometimes whole nuts. Love these and probably spend too much on them.
post #30 of 45
Oh, and this is generally not more expensive, but I do use granulated sugar...

The *only* sugar I will buy is Michigan grown and processed beet sugar. Doesn't matter if soemthing else is on sale, doesn't matter that I end up constantly stalking for sales and end up buying it twenty pounds at a time to avoid having to pay more for it, but I am very particular about this. Just trying to do my bit to keep the beet farmers in the Saginaw valley in business, and one of the few non-automotive related plants alive in an economically depressed area.
post #31 of 45
the things I absolutely won't sacrifice are organic milk and omega-3 free range eggs.
Everything else I can skip.

my favorite splurge right now
byerleys beer cheese soup.
post #32 of 45
Organic Milk-it's the most expensive item of our grocery list, next to 100% virgin/organic/and or imported Olive Oil. we have a really good organic produce store, and are able to buy most of our produce reasonably, so we plan around organics on sale.
post #33 of 45
We get organic milk, some organic cheese, local whole bean coffee, local beer, cage free eggs, (organic in the summer at the farmer's market), and ice cream. We mostly avoid prepared meals, but we usually have frozen ravioli on hand.
post #34 of 45
Sadly our grocery bill is not a splurge at all. it really would be so if could buy organic and whoel foods. But we are trying. Little by little to change that
any advice on how to convert slowly.. and not radically expensively?
post #35 of 45
I think our splurge would be organic butter. WE really like butter in our family. Yummy!

And Dh loves his chocolate, especially chocolate chip cookies, which we make from scratch, but the 2 sticks of butter and the chips up our grocery bill!

I am prepared to buy in bulk and cook everything from scratch (no convience foods) if it means we eat healthy and (this is very important to me) delicious meals.

By the way, we love to eat salmon too and only wild, so when we can't afford fresh, we buy canned. Most canned varieties are wild, (read back of can I think). We eat it in salmon patties. chowders, casseroles, to get the benefits without the mercury. If you are worried about canned, the interior of the ones I buy are lined, so no metal is touching the fish. Just to let you know.
post #36 of 45
We buy 4 pts of Ben and Jerry's ice cream every 2 weeks (because we all love a different flavor!), but once it is gone, there is no more until the next shop.

We also splurge on Republic of Tea. My dd in particular drinks cups and cups of tea every week, and Lipton just doesn't cut it for us.
post #37 of 45
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Originally Posted by tie-dyed
Oh, and this is generally not more expensive, but I do use granulated sugar...

The *only* sugar I will buy is Michigan grown and processed beet sugar. Doesn't matter if soemthing else is on sale, doesn't matter that I end up constantly stalking for sales and end up buying it twenty pounds at a time to avoid having to pay more for it, but I am very particular about this. Just trying to do my bit to keep the beet farmers in the Saginaw valley in business, and one of the few non-automotive related plants alive in an economically depressed area.
Me too! I bet we buy the same kind.

I also splurge on Spanish goat cheese (I am generally intolerant of dairy, but this doesn't bother me and it is SO good with an apple!).
post #38 of 45
My entire grocery list is a balance of 'splurge' and 'frugal'.

For splurge: kefir, miso, almond butter, Naked Juice smoothies/juices, amasake, organic avocados, fresh organic salsa, honey roasted peanut butter, organic yogurt and organic pears.

Everything else I buy is from the bulk section.
post #39 of 45
Organic dark chocolate!
In the summer we eat a box of popsicles a week, just love them.
Corn chip (trader Joe's has wonderful white corn organic chip)
Dh's shade grown organic coffee
And OJ.

H
post #40 of 45
Ben and Jerrys and the occasional beer for dh.
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